49ers vs. Rams: Week 16 Preview for San Francisco

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Nov 1, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) breaks up a pass intended for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 1, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) breaks up a pass intended for St. Louis Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers visit the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, December 24 for a Week 16 NFC West showdown. Niner Noise has your preview with latest news, injuries, X-factors and much more.

The 2016 season is winding to a close, and a Week 16 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams seems like little more than an afterthought.

Both teams will miss the playoffs again this year. And there is little left on the table aside from pride and the implications for the NFL Draft order in 2017.

At 1-13, head coach Chip Kelly’s squad is trying to avoid being the first one-win team in franchise history. The 4-10 Rams present, perhaps, the final opportunity the Niners have to get to two wins on the year. And Los Angeles remains the only team San Francisco has defeated (Week 1) in what has otherwise been a disastrous 2016 campaign.

So many things have changed for the 49ers since that lone victory, which seems like ages ago. The Niners have been hit hard by the injury bug. And whatever schemes San Francisco’s coaching staff has employed have been repeatedly dissected and exploited by opposing teams.

Nevertheless, the Rams are going through their own struggles — issues which led to the firing of former head coach Jeff Fisher not long ago.

Niner Noise breaks down this seemingly meaningless matchup and points out the specific aspects to watch during this contest.

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