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NFL: Rams hoping to break 49ers hoodoo

The NFL playoffs resume this weekend, and if the Divisional Round was anything to go by, then we are in for a treat.

Last weekend's four matches will go down in history, with every game decided at the death, or in overtime.

Both the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams looked to be on their way out of the playoffs, but some last-gasp plays saved them, and they will now face each other in the NFC Championship Game.

The 49ers have won their previous six matches against their divisional rival, and it is going to take a monumental effort to keep Sean McVay's side at bay once again. You can follow the action via our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Expect defences to rule the roost

Last week's Divisional Round was all about the quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen went toe-to-toe during the Chiefs' overtime win, while Matthew Stafford and Joe Burrow also received special praise for their displays.

Even in defeat, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady showcased his skills, even at the age of 44.

The potential is there for more jaw-dropping plays this weekend, but do not be surprised if the defences take control during Sunday's contest.

Under 45.5 points appeals at 10/11, with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo under the spotlight.

Garoppolo has battled a thumb injury on his throwing hand, and he has to deal with Aaron Donald for the entire game and Von Miller.

Donald has demolished offensive lines for the majority of his career, and he will believe he can unsettle Garoppolo from the outset. The 49ers have struggled on offence at stages this season, so a low-scoring game is not out of the question.

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49ers to add to Stafford's woes

The Rams are 0-2 against San Fran this season, and that has been down to their thrilling defensive play.

Kyle Shanahan's side forced Rams QB Stafford into throwing two interceptions in both games, and like Garoppolo, Stafford will have to face one of the best defensive players in the game.

Nick Bosa has overcome injury and will start this week, so the pressure will be on Stafford.

The time is now for the Rams

San Francisco have defied expectations during the post-season, and they are the only wildcard team left standing.

Their never-say-die attitude has got them this far, and they know what it takes to beat the Rams.

But the Super Bowl is within touching distance for McVay's troops, and there's a sense that they will put on a show this weekend.

After all, there's more than one carrot being dangled in front of them. This year's Super Bowl will be held at the SoFi Stadium, the home of the Rams.

The record books suggest the 49ers have bullied the LA Rams of late, but McVay has some world-class talent on his roster.

Donald, Miller, Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr, and Jalen Ramsey can all turn a game on its head with one play, and this year appears to be their best chance to win a Super Bowl, with the LA Rams -3.5 handicap catching the eye currently at 20/21.

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