This weekend’s game against division rivals St Louis Rams could not have come at a better time for the 49ers. After losing a hard fought game against the Ravens on Thanksgiving which ended their eight-game winning streak, a win over the Rams on Sunday will have 49ers fans celebrating. The 49ers can clinch their first NFC West title since 2002. Before this season the 49ers haven’t had a winning season since they last won the NFC West.
After beating the Cardinals in week 11 the 49ers ensured their first winning season in eight years. With the Seahawks losing on Sunday the 49ers need only one more win in their last five games to clinch the NFC West title for the 18th time in franchise history. Against the struggling Rams, who are tied for the worst record in the NFC and have lost two games in a row, the 49ers will come out prepared to erase last week’s loss and show they are a team to be reckoned with.
With a win over the Rams the 49ers Faithfull will have plenty to celebrate that not only includes an NFC West title but the team’s first ten win season in eight years and Frank Gore as the new 49ers all-time rushing leader. With 7,323 rushing yards Gore is 22 rushing yards shy of Hall-of-Famer Joe Perry’s all-time mark. While with the 49ers from 1948-1960, and 1963, Perry rushed for 7,344 yards. Perry passed away in April and was a member of the 49ers “Million Dollar Backfield.” When Gore breaks Perry’s record he will do so with a decal of Perry’s number 34 on the back of his helmet.
Should Niner fans be able to celebrate an NFC West championship on Sunday the tasks don’t end for the 49ers. After wrapping up the division title the 49ers will try to keep pace with the undefeated Green Bay Packers, secure home field advantage and most importantly win a number two seed and first-round bye.