(WATCH@STREAMS==))San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams Live Free TV Broadcast on 17 September 2023
Football is back and the action-packed 2023 NFL season continues today with the Los Angeles Rams hosting the division rival San Francisco 49ers. The Rams enter Week 2 after a win over the Seahawks, while the 49ers also won their season opener over the Steelers. Now, the two NFC West foes will face off at SoFi Stadium with an early-season divisional win on the line. What channel is the San Francisco 49ers game today (9/17/23)? FREE LIVE STREAM, Time, TV, Channel for NFL Week 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams
The San Francisco 49ers, led by quarterback Brock Purdy, meet the Los Angeles Rams, led by quarterback Matthew Stafford, in a regular season game on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.
Here’s what you need to know:
What: NFL, Week 2
Who: San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams
When: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023
Where: SoFi Stadium
Time: 4:05 p.m.
The Los Angeles Rams’ losing streak in their biggest rivalry is getting awkward now.
Sean McVay doesn’t like to talk about it. Neither does Kyle Shanahan, even though it’s his 49ers on the winning side.
San Francisco has eight consecutive regular-season victories over the Rams, who host the Niners again on Sunday in a meeting of 1-0 teams.
Even if those defeats all pale in importance to Los Angeles’ narrow 20-17 win over San Francisco in the NFC championship game in January 2022, four years of rivalry losses to a good friend’s team are an obvious — if unacknowledged — thorn in McVay’s side.
“I think the biggest thing is they’ve been a great team,” McVay said. “It’s been challenging, and we’re going to do our best to come away with the result we’re hunting up. ... The previous games — every single week is a new entity. Every single year is a new year. One thing that hasn’t changed is they’re a great team again, and we’ve got a great challenge.”
The Niners actually weren’t a great team in 2020, but two of their six wins came against Los Angeles. They made the NFC title game in the other three seasons during the streak, beating the Rams twice each season.
The Rams don’t appear to be a great team this season around Aaron Donald and Matthew Stafford, but they’re off to a strong start with a road victory over Seattle. Los Angeles’ young, largely untested roster faces a formidable test from San Francisco’s Super Bowl contenders.
“We have such a history, with the coaching staffs being similar for so long and the players being similar for so long,” Shanahan said. “Once you turn on the tape, yeah, you don’t know some of the guys. But you definitely know 99, and you know the quarterback, and then you watch the schemes and nothing’s really different.”
The most recent time the 49ers lost a regular-season game to the Rams, Brock Purdy had lost the Alamo Bowl two days earlier as Iowa State’s freshman quarterback.
Nearly five years later, Donald and the Rams get their first up-close look at Purdy, the seventh-round pick who seized control of the 49ers’ offense as a rookie late last season.
Purdy hasn’t slowed down this season, passing for 220 yards and two TDs last week to beat Pittsburgh. He’s hoping to follow in the rivalry footsteps of Jimmy Garoppolo, who went 8-0 as a regular-season starter for San Francisco against the Rams, by leading yet another dominant performance from the Niners’ talent-laden offense against Los Angeles’ inexperienced defense.
Much of the focus for defenses trying to slow down the 49ers offense is on recent All-Pro skill players such as Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle.
Receiver Brandon Aiyuk is showing he warrants plenty of attention, too: He built on his first 1,000-yard season in 2022 with a strong opener, catching all eight of his targets for 129 yards and two TDs against Pittsburgh.
The Rams traveled to Seattle to take down the Seahawks, 30-13, in Week 1, thanks to a couple Kyren Williams touchdowns while the Niners knocked off the Steelers in Pittsburgh, thanks to a pair of Brandon Aiyuk TDs.
The San Francisco 49ers have gotten off to shaky starts to the season too often under coach Kyle Shanahan.
After a training camp dominated by a lengthy contract holdout from the team’s best defensive player Nick Bosa, the trading away of the former future franchise quarterback Trey Lance and the rehabilitation of the starting QB Brock Purdy, there were questions about whether that could change this season.
The Niners opened the season in dominating fashion, going on the road to overwhelm the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-7 on Sunday in a performance that showed why San Francisco is once again considered one of the leading contenders in the NFC.
The Seahawks were shut down in the second half with the Rams shoving the ball down their throats. Whether this says more about the Rams or the Seahawks is yet to be determined.
The biggest question on offense headed into the season was how McKivitz would handle a starting role after Mike McGlinchey left in free agency. The results in Week 1 weren’t great as he allowed five pressures and three sacks, according to Pro Football Focus.