San Francisco 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt might have had a Super Bowl trip in his hands. All he had to do was catch a Matthew Stafford pass thrown right to him.
It’s rare that a dropped interception ends up being the moment a game turns, but Tartt dropping a pass that hit him right in the hands was the turning point in the Los Angeles Rams’ comeback win. They beat the 49ers 20-17 to win the NFC championship, coming back from a 10-point deficit to start the fourth quarter.
The Rams’ comeback was about more than one play. Give them credit for making plenty of big plays. Cooper Kupp in particular added to his unbelievable season with some massive plays, totaling 142 yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches. And the 49ers had plenty of chances after Tartt’s drop to beat the Rams. But it was clear which play turned the game.