Of the four teams left in the conference championship, the 49ers have the least impressive offensive stats. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has not thrown for a touchdown this postseason, and has just 303 yards in two games. San Francisco’s only two offensive touchdowns were scored on the ground, and special teams were the difference in their victory over the Packers in the division round.
But the 49ers ‘offense matches well against the Rams’ defense. Their running heavy and short passes help dilute the passing skills of Aaron Donald, Los Angeles’ unique defensive tackle. In their two meetings in the regular season, the 49ers ran the ball 75 times. In the second half and overtime of their matchup in Week 18, the 49ers rushed more than 100 yards.
In his two wins against the Rams this season, Garoppolo took advantage of the Rams’ linebackers and completed 29 of 36 passes in 320 yards and three goals as he threw over the middle of the field, so also look for Garoppolo to target tight-end George Kittle and others on those routes to neutralize Jalen Ramsey, the Rams’ best cornerback.