A Stressful Game: 49ers vs Rams in Week 18
It was halfway through the 2nd quarter of the 49ers vs Rams game in week 18 of the NFL regular season. The Rams had already clinched a playoff spot but the 49ers needed a win to get in the playoffs versus their division rival. At this point, the 49ers were down 17–0 and all hope looked lost. I love the 49ers as much as any fan loves their team. I could barely bare to watch the game because it was going so terribly. The season that had gone on for four months seemed to be at a depressing end. Our defense was getting destroyed and our offense was unable to get anything going. However, I did hold on to the thought that something could happen and we could end up getting some momentum and changing things. Finally, we got a good sign. We made a drive just before halftime to answer with a field goal and make the score 17–3. That certainly was not going to make me think that we would pull off the win. But, it was enough to give me just a little bit of hope. Our players just needed to feel like they had a chance. Coming out of halftime, we took that momentum and starting doing what we do best: run the ball and pound the opposing defense. Our star rookie running back Elijah Mitchell was rolling and bulldozing the Ram’s defensive players. Nick Bosa, our all-pro level pass rusher and the other players on our defensive line were all over the place destroying the Ram’s offensive line. The game had totally flipped. Everyone could feel it. I could feel it watching at home, the fans in the stands could feel it, and most importantly, the Rams could feel it and started to worry. Their coaches started to call a more conservative game. We scored two touchdowns and tied the game up in the 4th quarter. And then, we started to drive down the field for what could be the score we needed to win. However, all looked lost late when our injured and much-maligned quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw an interception. It looked like we were about to score the go-ahead touchdown late in the game. Instead, the Rams drove the length of the field and scored their own go-ahead touchdown. But, Jimmy Garoppolo, injured thumb and all, led the 49ers down and tied the game with 20 seconds left to send it to overtime. In overtime, the 49ers drove the ball with ease but then had to settle for a field goal. That worried me because I knew how explosive the Rams offense was and how tired our defense must be. All of these worries went away when Rams quarterback Matt Stafford heaved a deep pass that our rookie cornerback intercepted. This sealed the win for the 49ers and I jumped to my feet knowing that we were in the playoffs and would fight another day for a chance at another Super Bowl championship!