Defense, Dawson, Davis down Rams
Michael Crabtree made his season debut, returning from an Achilles injury that sidelined him all season.
49ers get on the board
After forcing a three-and-out on the Rams' opening drive, the 49ers put together a 12 play drive that ended in a Phil Dawson field goal, giving them their first lead.
Dawson extends the lead
The 49ers quickly halted another St. Louis drive, then turned in another drive capped by a Phil Dawson field goal, this time a 43-yard kick that pushed the lead to 6-0.
Early in the second quarter San Francisco took over again and drove 72 yards on 12 plays. Frank Gore finished off the drive with a three yard score, his eighth of the season.
Greg Zuerlein gave the Rams their first points of the contest, kicking a 43-yard field goal with just under a minute left in the first half. The kick brought the score to 13-3.
Zuerlein chips at the lead
The Rams cut the 49ers' lead to seven with another Greg Zuerlein field goal, a 34-yard kick.
Dawson gets more work
San Francisco extended their lead to ten with another Phil Dawson field goal with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter.
Crabtree busts out
Michael Crabtree made his first big play of the season late in the third quarter. He displayed textbook route running and run after the catch ability as he broke a 60-yard reception to put the Niners in the red zone.
The 49ers failed to capitalize on Crabtree's big catch. Two plays later, Frank Gore fumbled on a short carry and the ball was recovered by St. Louis.
Davis hurdles to seal it
The Rams ran a fake punt after their drive quickly fizzled, but the attempt was immediately blown up by the 49ers. With great field position, Colin Kaepernick struck quickly, zipping a 17-yard strike to Vernon Davis who hurdled into the endzone. The score pushed the margin to 23-6. The rams would add a garbage time touchdown to Brian Quick, making the final score 23-13.