The San Francisco 49ers playoff chances will remain alive for at least one more week as the Kansas City Chiefs did them a huge favor and defeated the St. Louis Rams 27-13. If the Rams and Seahawks had both won today, the 49ers would have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Seahawks still have their game to play right now, but the Rams loss is a start for the 49ers.
The Rams jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a pair of field goals but their offense went to sleep shortly thereafter, reawakening in the fourth quarter after they were down 20-6. The Rams drove down and got a Steven Jackson touchdown to cut the lead to 20-13 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. However, on the first play of the ensuing Chiefs drive Jamaal Charles ran 80 yards to the Rams 2 to set up a Thomas Jones touchdown run, giving the Chiefs their final 27-13 lead.
The 49ers visit St. Louis next Sunday with a chance to get even with the Rams in the standings. The 49ers now await the Seahawks-Falcons result this afternoon to see if they’ll pull back to within one game of the division lead. The 49ers dominating performance in scoreboard watching really can’t be overestimated.