49ers vs. Rams: Why history repeats itself in NFC Championship game

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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Fred Warner, Dre Greenlaw, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) and outside linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) celebrate after a incomplete pass to Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

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Recently, the 49ers have dominated the Rams. Here’s why there’s no reason to expect that to change in this Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

It’s not too often teams get to play each other three times over the course of any given season.

But that’s what will happen between two NFC West rivals, the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams.

Asked about the Niners’ upcoming appearance in the NFC Championship game this Sunday during his appearance on 95.7 The Game this week, Golden State Warriors head coach summed it up about as well as is possible:

Here’s the thing: In most cases, that would be hyperbole. In this situation, however, it actually rings true. San Francisco has owned the Rams in recent years. The 49ers have not lost to LA in their last six matchups.

Let me put it another way: The Niners have not lost to the Rams this decade.

The last time San Francisco lost to Los Angeles, Aquaman was the top movie in theaters, Avengers Endgame had not yet been released, and Lil Nas X’s masterpiece, “Old Town Road” had not yet been heard.

If that doesn’t help you realize how long it has been, running back Alfred Morris was the 49ers’ leading rusher the last time they lost to the Rams, and EDGE Nick Bosa was yet to be drafted.

So the Niners have dominated the Rams in recent years. The question is, will that continue this weekend in the NFC Championship game?

Here are a few reasons why it will.