The Road to Super Bowl LVI goes through the NFC West as the 2022 NFC Championship Game will see division rivals square off on the gridiron. The 12-5 Los Angeles Rams will welcome the 10-7 San Francisco 49ers to SoFi Stadium, the home of this year’s Super Bowl.
The Rams are coming off of a thrilling win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round. This season, LA’s finest lost both games to San Francisco, but when they played at SoFi, the Niners won 27-24 in overtime after overcoming a 17 point deficit. The Rams are doing everything they can to give themselves a home-field advantage; they even attempted to block Niners fans from buying tickets. SoCal’s team hasn’t defeated the Niners this decade and a win on Sunday would be their most meaningful win in this rivalry in decades.
The Niners lead the all-time series against the Rams, 75-67-3. They’ve only played their NFC West rival once in the playoffs, which resulted in a 30-3 Niners win in 1990. They’re currently on a 6-game winning streak against LA and will be looking to pull off a complete sweep on Sunday. After upsetting the NFC’s top-seeded Green Bay Packers, 13-10, in the Divisional Round, the Niners might be the most complete team remaining in the postseason. The only limitation that they have is their QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
When to Watch the NFC Championship Game
Kickoff for the San Francisco at Los Angeles Rams in the 2022 NFC Championship Game is scheduled for Sunday, January 30, at 6:30 PM ET on FOX.
How to Watch the NFC Championship Game Without Cable
Fans will have plenty of options to watch every moment of the NFC Championship Game on the gridiron without spending a fortune.
AntennaWeb is a great tool you can use to find out which affiliate in your area will broadcast the local games on FOX.
The NFC Championship Game is available to stream through NFL digital properties such as NFL.com, the NFL app, and the digital properties of the respective teams. Plus, fans can watch the game on their phones via the Yahoo Sports app.
Most of the major subscription live TV streaming services carry this week’s championship game, so fans can watch from anywhere.
- DIRECTV STREAM has FOX for $70/mo.
- fuboTV offers FOX in their Starter plan for $65/mo.
- Sling TV’s Sling Blue package includes FOX for $35/mo.
- Hulu + Live TV includes FOX for only $70/mo.
- YouTube TV has FOX for only $65/mo.
- Vidgo subscribers can watch FOX for $55/mo.
Predicting the Winners
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has Rams coach Sean McVay’s number. Shanahan is on a 6-game win streak against his former colleague with an overall record of 7-3 head-to-head. The Niners match up well against the Rams and have the third-best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus. The weakest link for NorCal’s team is Garoppolo, so if the OL can keep him upright, and he can limit his mistakes then the Niners have a chance to return to their second Super Bowl within the past 3 seasons.
For the Rams, this is a big game, they’ve mortgaged their future to win a Super Bowl. They traded draft picks to acquire Stafford, they’ve got future Hall of Fame talented players Aaron Donald, and Jalen Rose, and of the two teams in this game, they make for a more exciting matchup against the AFC champs. McVay will be looking to beat Shanahan when it counts the most and Matt Stafford will look to appear in his first Super Bowl.
On paper, the Niners should win Sunday’s game and represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, however, look for the Rams to pull off the upset. McVay has proven to be one of the best coaches in the NFL, with a win, this will be the second Super Bowl appearance of his career, and his career record would be 61-29 at the age of 36. The QB play will be the deciding factor of this game, and Shanahan may not be able to scheme his way to hide all of Jimmy G’s flaws. If the Rams defense can force the Niners to use rookie QB Trey Lance at a high rate then it should be the difference in the game. Rams pull away at the end and win by at least 8.