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NFL Week 16 PFF ReFocused: San Francisco 49ers 34, Los Angeles Rams 31

The San Francisco 49ers eliminated the Los Angeles Rams from postseason contention with a thrilling 34-31 victory in Week 16 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final Score

San Francisco 49ers 34, Los Angeles Rams 31

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo had a mixed game on Saturday night against the Rams. He found open receivers and was able to move the 49ers down the field on many successful drives, yet he was responsible for a fumble and an interception when targeting cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The 49ers struggled against the Rams' interior defensive line, and they fared especially poorly against Aaron Donald. Center Ben Garland and right guard Daniel Brunskill seemed to struggle the most against Donald, as they lost several exchanges with him.

Fred Warner produced the defensive play of the game with his pick-six, but while that one play will surely be highlighted, Warner was all over the field for the entirety of this game. He played especially well in run defense, where he made several stops.

The 49ers' defensive line performed very well against the Rams' offensive line. Arik Armstead stood out above the rest on Saturday night, though, contributing heavily in both the pass-rush and in run defense.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams seemed to know that they had a problem on their hands with the 49ers' defensive front, so they used rollouts and play-action in an attempt to slow the ‘Niners down. This worked for a while, and Jared Goff did make some nice throws, but Goff's game will be marred by the pick-six that he inexplicably threw to Fred Warner

Robert Woods was the best offensive player for the Rams on Saturday night. He was effective on many of the Rams' successful play-action rollouts, and he finished the game with eight catches for 117 yards.

Aaron Donald had another extremely disruptive game against the 49ers. He was a force both rushing the passer and in run defense, and he finished the game with two sacks.

Jalen Ramsey played a part in two turnovers in this game. He made a great play in zone coverage to read Garoppolo’s eyes and come up with an interception. Ramsey also caused another pick when he broke up a pass on a slant pattern and popped the ball into the air for Darious Williams to intercept.

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