Kawakami: Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers are still important because they’re still at their best against the Rams

SANTA CLARA, California – It’s not magic, although it sometimes feels like it. It’s not Kyle Shanahan mumbo-jumbo or a Jimmy Garoppolo hex on the Los Angeles Rams. There are fundamental reasons the 49ers are all but invincible against the Rams in the regular season, and it’s foolish to forget them.

Because that’s what matters. Because it tells us a lot about who the 49ers are and what they can be. It is important. The 49ers’ comfortable and comprehensive 24-9 win over the Rams at Levi’s Stadium on Monday was really, really important. And you knew the 49ers felt that.

“It’s a great rivalry; They’re a fantastic football team with stars all over the field,” George Kittle said of the Rams late Monday. “We have to do our best if we want to beat them, which we have consistently done.”

Yes, of course, the Rams won the biggest recent edition of this rivalry in the NFC championship game last January and went on to win the Super Bowl. This is more important than any skirmish in the regular season.

But the 49ers needed to recalibrate their season after a faltering 2-1 start, needed their defense to finally be rewarded for their overall dominant play, needed offense to spring to life under Garoppolo, and needed themselves and the Remind the NFL world that all of these were matters. That the 49ers are still important.

There is no must win

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John Verrall

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