49ers’ 4 biggest obstacles in the way of winning NFC in 2022

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Cooper Kupp, Jimmie Ward, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) against San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (1) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers obstacle No. 2: Los Angeles Rams

2021 end result: Won Super Bowl

The Niners nearly made it seven wins in a row over the now-Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, only to lose in the final minutes of the 2022 NFC Championship game.

While the “what ifs?” are going to be there for a while, Rams general manager Les Snead won’t be shy about being overly aggressive to back up LA’s title, and that was made apparent by going out and grabbing former Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson to replace 2021 receivers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Robert Woods.

Losing EDGE Von Miller in free agency is a slight blow, and we’ll see if Joe Noteboom can adequately replace now-retired left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

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All that said, though, the Rams are still in awfully good shape to make another run at a Super Bowl championship.

Los Angeles’ pass game still revolves around wide receiver Cooper Kupp, against whom San Francisco had all kinds of trouble last season, while Robinson will be a quality No. 2 option.

About the only thing working in the 49ers’ favor here is the greater history as of late, even though the NFC Championship loss stains that otherwise immaculate dominance over their NFC West rivals.