The 49ers wrap up the regular season by hosting the Rams, but both teams may treat this as more of a postseason tuneup and little else.
When the NFL schedule-makers put the San Francisco 49ers up against the Los Angeles Rams in a Week 18 NFC West showdown, they probably were hoping this matchup would decide something epic.
Like, who might wind up winning the division and advancing into the postseason, while the loser ends up going home. Heck, two years ago in the regular-season finale between LA and the Niners, it was a win-or-go-home scenario for San Francisco.
Not this go-around, though.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan's squad has clinched the No. 1 seed, meaning the 49ers will not only get a first-round bye during Wild Card weekend, but they also have home-field advantage until the Super Bowl.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, is locked in as the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoff picture. Regardless of Sunday's outcome, neither team's postseason outlook will change.
That means this NFC West showdown, which had a lot of promise last offseason when the schedule came out, will instead feature two backups, Sam Darnold of San Francisco and Carson Wentz of LA, going up against each other from under center.
49ers injury report vs. Rams, Week 18
The 49ers are going to rest a number of their injured players, including All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who is dealing with a calf issue.
He, along with defensive tackle Arik Armstead (knee) and safety Tashaun Gipson (quad), are among those who are officially out on Sunday:
- RB Christian McCaffrey (calf): OUT
- DT Arik Armstead (knee): OUT
- S Ji'Ayir Brown (knee): OUT
- TE Ross Dwelley (ankle): OUT
- S Tashaun Gipson (quad): OUT
- CB Ambry Thomas (hand): OUT
- OL Jon Feliciano (back): Questionable
- WR Jauan Jennings (concussion): Questionable
- WR Danny Gray (shoulder): Questionable
- WR Ray-Ray McCloud (rib): Questionable
With both Gipson and Brown out, the Niners will be testing the absolute depths of their safety crop.
49ers vs. Rams odds, spread, moneyline and over/under
San Francisco opened up as a 3.5-point home favorite, according to FanDuel, but it has since increased to four points.
The 49ers' moneyline is -200, whereas Los Angeles' moneyline is +165.
The over/under for the game is 41.0.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
49ers vs. Rams TV channel and broadcast
Fox will broadcast this NFC West showdown, which will kick off on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 4:25 p.m. ET from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Most of California will be able to catch the broadcast, and you can see if you'll be able to watch Fox's coverage in your area by clicking here.
Adam Amin will handle play-by-play duties, while Mark Schlereth will do color commentary. Kristina Pink will be on the sidelines.
49ers vs. Rams live stream
fuboTV offers a free seven-day trial for first-time users to stream the game.
NFL+ subscribers can stream a replay of the game immediately after its conclusion.