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49ers knock Rams out of the playoffs, Seahawks rematch will decide NFC West

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Los Angeles Rams v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Week 17 is officially for all the marbles.

Regardless of what happens later today for the Seattle Seahawks against the Arizona Cardinals, their rematch with the San Francisco 49ers will decide who wins the NFC West, and potentially who gets the #1 seed in the conference.

There was a faint hope that Seattle could win the division through the strength-of-victory tiebreaker, combined with the 49ers losing to the Los Angeles Rams and the Seahawks beating Arizona. Had all of the results gone Seattle’s way, the Seahawks would’ve been able to clinch the NFC West without winning against SF. Well, the 49ers didn’t lose to the Rams, so that’s out the door.

Despite a spirited performance in Santa Clara, the 49ers picked up a 34-31 win thanks to two critical 3rd and 16 conversions by Jimmy Garoppolo. It was hardly a good game from Jimmy G up until the final drive, but a conversion to Kendrick Bourne kept the series alive, and then a blown coverage by rookie safety Taylor Rapp turned Emmanuel Sanders loose for 46 yards and essentially the dagger through the Rams’ season.

A year ago, Sean McVay was hailed as the super genius who was going to revolutionize the NFL as we knew it. The Rams scored three points in one of the worst offensive showings in Super Bowl history, and they won’t get any chance at redemption in the playoff this season.

San Francisco is back in 1st place (at least for the next few hours), the Minnesota Vikings are in the playoffs, and the Rams can do no better than some 9-7 bullshit.

It has been years since a 49ers-Seahawks game in Seattle actually mattered. The last time it did was when Seattle beat San Francisco 17-7 in 2014, helping get Jim Harbaugh fired in the process. This time, the stakes are much higher and a #1 seed is possibly at stake, while the loser has to head to either Dallas or Philadelphia and will likely need three straight road wins to make the Super Bowl.

Bring it on.