The 49ers head into the final week of the season without a victory this season against an NFC West opponent.
The Los Angeles Rams (11-4) have clinched the division title and are locked into hosting a game in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs. The 49ers (5-10) can draft as high as No. 5 overall with a loss or as low as No. 11 with a victory.
Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area, said on the 49ers Insider Podcast he sees a great opportunity for Kyle Shanahan’s team to continue to build momentum for 2018.
“I think this is a great opportunity for them to prove their value and show it wasn’t a fluke that they beat a playoff team against Jacksonville and even with the win over Tennessee,” Garcia said. “Being able to compete in their division and also against a young team that has risen to the top very fast under a new coach (Sean McVay).”
Garcia said he was especially impressed with the performances of Shanahan to mesh his game plan against the top-ranked Jaguars defense to fit Jimmy Garoppolo’s skillset. The work of Shanahan and Garoppolo together during the 49ers’ four-game win streak bodes well for the future, Garcia said.
“He’s able to expand the offensive installation with Jimmy,” Garcia said. “Now that Jimmy has had a better chance to get a firm grip on the system and really start to bring everything he has within his playbook, you can see the capabilities of what this offense can produce.”