The 49ers' triumph over the Rams might motivate Darnold.

 No matter what happens in the 49ers' last game of the regular season, their playoff seeding will remain unchanged. However, quarterback Sam Darnold's financial account might get a hefty lift from it.

Because 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has decided to bench Pro Bowl quarterback Brock Purdy for Sunday's game, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will get the nod. In Sunday's game, the 49ers' backup quarterback will be Brandon Allen.

Darnold is eligible to earn $300,000 each game if he plays in at least 25% of the offensive snaps and the 49ers come out on top, according to the deal he signed with the team in March.

On Sunday, the 49ers will face the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in the last game of the regular season. The team is currently 13-4. With a solid grasp on the top spot in the NFC, San Francisco will host the playoffs and get a bye in the first round.

Like the Saints, the Rams will be playing in the postseason. They will begin the playoffs next weekend as the sixth-or seventh-seeded team in the NFC. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive lineman Aaron Donald are among the key players who will not be playing, according to coach Sean McVay's announcement.

This Monday, 49ers general manager John Lynch revealed that Darnold signed with the team despite receiving more money from other unrestricted free agents. Before Week 18, Darnold has played in just a handful of games due to Purdy starting the first sixteen games for the 49ers.

Darnold said, "No. No.," in response to a question this week on if he is having any regrets about signing with the 49ers. No second thoughts. In the summer, Darnold fought out Trey Lance for the backup spot behind Purdy and inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

For each postseason game in which he plays half or more of the offensive snaps for the 49ers, he has the opportunity to earn an extra $100,000.

Watch this space for further developments.