Story by Sam Tolosa

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers needed at Levi’s Stadium. A loss would have eliminated them from the post-season but the avenues to a play-off berth would’ve been hard to navigate.

Photo by R. Mascardo

They beat the Los Angeles Rams so bad and Monday night was a reminder of the 49ers at their best.

To be fair, it was one of the Rams’ off-nights. In fact, they looked downright terrible. Dropped passes, bad quarterback play and missed tackles by the Rams certainly gave the 49ers momentum.

Photo by R. Mascardo

Two interceptions from Safety Jimmie Ward kickstarted the evening. He returned one for a touchdown, the other set up the 49ers offense for an 18-play, 93-yard drive that opened the scoring 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to tight end George Kittle.

The 49ers dominated, stayed ahead and allowed Garoppolo to feed his playmakers.

There was a chance the 49ers’ season was going to end Monday night. Not only did they redeem themselves. They proved themselves still a team to reckon with in the NFC.

NEXT: The 49ers hit the road to take on Jacksonville Jaguars before heading back home to face the Minnesota Vikings on November 28.