The San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams will face off on Sunday, October 30. The game will be streamed live on fuboTV (free trial) and DirecTV Stream (free trial).
The Los Angeles Rams’ rivalry with the 49ers has been completely and surprisingly one-sided in favor of San Francisco for the past few seasons.
Well, except in the meeting that mattered the most.
But that NFC Championship Game win by the Rams last January meant nothing when San Francisco routed LA yet again four weeks ago. That means even less this Sunday before the Rams’ second meeting of the season — and fourth meeting of 2022 — with the 49ers, who have won seven straight regular-season games against Los Angeles.
Even the Rams’ only victory over the 49ers since 2018 was hardly convincing: San Francisco had to blow a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, and Niners safety Jaquiski Tartt had to give up a foolproof late interception while the Rams broke into the Super Bowl.
With renewed optimism after their bye week, the Rams (3-3) are hoping this will be the week they finally break through decisively against the 49ers (3-4), who have lost two straight games and have no defeated only one team other than Los Angeles since Week 2.
This latest encounter is even tougher for the Rams as they suffered another loss to the 49ers just last week – and now they face the acquisition of a star veteran who went to San Francisco instead of Los Angeles.
Christian McCaffrey will play his second game for the 49ers after outbidding the Rams for the prolific running back in talks with Carolina. Los Angeles’ dismal ground game could have used McCaffrey, who also played against the Rams’ defense in their last game, a win over the Panthers two weeks ago.
When is 49ers-Rams?
The Rams play the 49ers at 3:25 p.m. (4:25 p.m. ET) on Sunday, October 30.
Live streaming options
The game will be streamed live on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. The most basic package is the “standard fubo” package, which includes over 121 channels for $69.99 per month. Like all cord cutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports. It comes with over 1,000 hours of cloud-based DVR and up to 10 screens at once.
DirecTV Stream offers a free trial.
There are four DirecTV Stream options:
The entertainment package, which includes more than 65 channels, costs $54.99 until the promotion ends on April 30. It’s the basic package for can’t-miss entertainment – including ESPN, TNT, Nickelodeon and HGTV.
The Choice package has over 90 channels and costs $74.99 during the promotion. ENTERTAINMENT channels, plus MLB Network, NBA TV, college sports networks, and more. Enjoy regional sports networks at no additional cost.
The ultimate package has over 130 channels and costs $89.99 during the promotion. Everything in CHOICE, plus Oxygen, Golf Channel, NHL Network, Universal Kids and more.
The Premier package has over 140 channels and costs $134.99 during the promotion. Everything in ULTIMATE, plus HBO Max, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax and more.
DirecTV Stream offers a free trial that doesn’t require much effort.
To sign up, enter a phone number, email address, and credit card, and you’ll receive five days of free service.
Plus, enhance your experience with the DirecTV Stream device. Although it doesn’t include a free trial, it gives you access to thousands of apps like Netflix and more on Google Play. You can search using the voice remote with Google Assistant and you can enjoy a traditional live TV channel guide. It is sold separately.
Will it be televised?
The 49ers and Rams will be televised on Fox.
DOMINANT D: San Francisco’s dominating defense was on display last week, allowing six touchdowns on seven drives in a loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Niners gave up 9.12 yards per play in the game, their worst in a game since 1965 and 5 more yards per play than they allowed in the first six games. Kansas City has exploited the aggressiveness of San Francisco’s passing throwers to generate big plays on screen passes and throwing sweeps, but the Niners see no need to change philosophies based on how they played last week.
“We’re not going to change what we do after a game,” defensive end Nick Bosa said. “There are a few games where they got us on a few points. But we were pretty good for a while.
PROTECT PERSONNEL: The Niners sacked Matthew Stafford seven times in their 24-9 win four weeks ago, and their defensive line dominance has been a big factor in just about every win in that streak. But Arik Armstead hasn’t played on the Niners line since the first win over LA, and he’s expected to be injured again.
The health of the Rams offensive line has improved slightly, with center Brian Allen returning to the lineup on Sunday after missing five games. Alaric Jackson, the undrafted free agent taking over at left tackle for the Rams, will face a serious test from the Niners’ remaining pass rushers.
ADVANTAGE ON THE ROAD: The Niners usually have a good contingent of fans at road games. That’s especially true in Inglewood, where their red-clad fans forced the Rams to use a silent count in a Week 18 win last season that sent San Francisco to the playoffs.
“It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in sports,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Home-field advantage is a big issue in the NFL because of crowd noise, and when you don’t have to worry about it so much on the road, that’s huge. And when you can actually hear the crowd noise, it doesn’t happen much, but it’s a big deal.
ACQUIRE HELP: The Rams’ inconsistent offense will eventually bring Van Jefferson back into the lineup after the receiver underwent knee surgery early in training camp.
Jefferson started 21 games and served as a reliable No. 3 option for the Super Bowl champion roster, and the Rams missed him while struggling to even establish newcomer Allen Robinson as a No. 2 threat behind Cooper. Kupp.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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