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San Francisco commits major mistakes at the worst time

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — For 6 3/4 video games, the San Francisco 49ers had dominated the Los Angeles Rams. Then got here the fourth quarter of Sunday’s NFC championship recreation, when every thing unraveled.

Coach Kyle Shanahan determined to not go it on fourth-and-2 in Rams territory, adopted by a dropped interception by Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmy Garoppolo throwing a choose at the worst time.

All of that led to San Francisco’s bid for a second Super Bowl journey in three years falling brief in a 20-17 loss. The Niners had a 17-7 lead coming into the remaining quarter-hour however noticed the Rams rating 13 straight factors.

“Both teams had their opportunities,” Shanahan said. “I thought we had them on the ropes, but we gave them a chance. When you give those guys too many chances, eventually they are going to make them.”

Rams coach Sean McVay appeared to offer Shanahan a present when he challenged a third-and-2 play on which McVay thought Kyle Juszczyk fumbled as an alternative of being held for no achieve. Replays confirmed Juszczyk misplaced the ball after being down by contact, which left the Rams with no timeouts.

Instead of seizing momentum and occurring fourth-and-2 at the Rams 45 with a 17-14 lead, Shanahan determined to punt after taking a delay-of-game penalty.

As unhealthy as Shanahan’s choice was, Tartt’s dropped interception on the ensuing play was worse. From the Rams 15, Matthew Stafford’s lengthy cross got here on to the seventh-year security who had nobody round him on a 50-yard cross. Tartt dropped it.

“We almost got a chance to get right back,” Shanahan mentioned, “but we missed that pick, those guy’s got going and in a rhythm.”

On the subsequent play, Stafford discovered Odell Beckham Jr. for a 29-yard completion up the left sideline, together with 15 further yards when Jimmie Ward was referred to as for pointless roughness. Matt Gay hit a 40-yard subject purpose seven performs later to tie it at 17.

After Gay’s second subject purpose gave the Rams the lead, the Niners had a remaining probability to win or tie. Garoppolo was pressured by Aaron Donald on third-and-13 from the Niners 22 earlier than being picked off by Travin Howard.

The Rams had their second journey to the Super Bowl in 4 years.

Los Angeles additionally turns into the second staff to host a Super Bowl in its residence stadium after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made historical past final 12 months. The Rams will face the Cincinnati Bengals, who superior with a 27-24 time beyond regulation victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship recreation.

Besides the failure to execute in the fourth quarter, the Niners struggled to cease Rams All-Pro large receiver Cooper Kupp. San Francisco usually had single protection on Kupp, together with an 11-yard landing in the fourth quarter when Okay’Waun Williams obtained crushed off the line.

San Francisco’s protection additionally couldn’t get off the subject on third downs as the Rams transformed 11 of 18.

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