The Morning Sports Update, Dec. 23

FOOTBALL Defending NFC champions Rams eliminated from playoff race SANTA CLARA (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams had a chance to put aside their Super Bowl hangover, needing one critical stop to remain in playoff contention. Instead, this up-and-down season got yet another disappointment. Los Angeles' defense allowed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to convert twice on third-and-16 to set up Robbie Gould's game-winning field goal, and the Rams were eliminated from playoff contention with a 34-31 loss Saturday night to the San Francisco 49ers. "We had our moments," running back Todd Gurley said. "We just couldn't figure it out. Sometimes, we figured it out. Today, we came out striking but couldn't finish. We have to be able to finish in this league. That's part of winning games and making it to
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