49ers finish 5-11 after OT victory vs Rams
End of an era?
The 49ers (4-11) and Rams (7-8) put a stamp on the 2015-16 season at Levi's Stadium on Jan. 3, 2016, in what could possibly be Jim Tomsula's last game as San Francisco's head coach.
The Season of the Anti-Jed York Banner remained in tact Sunday at Levi's Stadium. Prior to the 49ers' season finale, a team fan flew a banner over the stadium that read "Jed, Here's Our Banner -- Where's Yours?"
Support from the sidelines
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is out of his sling and back on the sidelines. Sunday was the first game Kaepernick was allowed on the sidelines with his team since undergoing season-ending surgery to prepare a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Nov. 24. Kaepernick finished the season with 1,615 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Rams struck first behind the right foot of Greg Zuerlein, for a 33-yard field goal. St. Louis went ahead 3-0 and that's how the first quarter would come to an end. Zuerlein later hit two more field goals in the second quarter, one from 32 yards out and another from 44.
Answering right back
San Francisco struck right back after the Rams took an early lead. Blaine Gabbert hit Anquan Boldin with a 33-yard touchdown, putting the 49ers up 7-3 in the second quarter. The grab was Boldin's fourth score of the season and also his longest this year.
Through the uprights
Phil Dawson came through for the 49ers once again. Adding to San Francisco's lead, Dawson nailed chip-shot 26-yarder. Soon, the 49ers' 10-3 lead would evaporate.
Trickery turns into six
Rams running back Tre Mason looked like he was rearing back for a halfback pass. Instead, he saw a crease and took advantage. Starting in place of rookie Todd Gurley, Mason ran into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown, making the score 13-10. A field goal right before halftime extended the score to 16-10 in favor of St. Louis.
All tied up
Two more Phil Dawson field goals evened the score at Levi's, at 16 points apiece. Dawson kicked one through the uprights from 28 yards and the game-tying kick from 38.
Phil Dawson took the game into his own hands. After a blocked Rams field goal attempt in overtime, Blaine Gabbert drove the 49ers down the field. Then, Dawson saved the day. From 23 yards out, Dawson kicked a perfect field goal, winning the game 19-16 in overtime. The 49ers finished their season with a 5-11 record.