Gore, Bowman, 49ers dominate Rams in St. Louis
The 49ers had a chance to get on the scoreboard first, but Phil Dawson's 53-yard attempt sailed wide right.
Rams 3, 49ers 0
The Rams drew first blood as Greg Zuerlein's 40-yarder hit off the right upright and deflected in.
Moving the chains
On 3rd and 10 from the 47-yard line, Colin Kaepernick found Anquan Boldin for 42 yards to the Rams 11-yard line.
Two plays later on 3rd and 19 from the Rams 20-yard line, Anquan Boldin caught a Kaepernick pass at the 11, turned upfield, avoided Cortland Finnegan's diving attempt at a tackle at the 5, barely avoided stepping out of bounds, and sprawled into the end zone. The Rams challenged the ruling and it was upheld. 49ers 7, Rams 3 with 6:22 remaining in the first half.
Second time's the charm
Donte Whitner missed a sure-fire interception in the first quarter but he made up for it late in the first half. On 3rd and 1 from the 49ers' 34-yard line, Sam Bradford threw deep down the right sideline, but Tramaine Brock had excellent coverage and deflected the pass into the hands of Whitner, who barely landed in bounds.
Gore finds pay dirt
On 4th and 1 at the St. Louis 34-yard line, the 49ers elected to go for it. It worked out. San Francisco would have been happy with 1 yard, but Frank Gore busted through the line of scrimmage and walked into the end zone to give the 49ers a 14-3 lead.
Defense bails Gore out
The 49ers received the opening kickoff of the second half looking to build upon their 14-3 lead. But on their second play of scrimmage, Frank Gore (who rushed for 107 yards on 10 carries in the first 30 minutes) fumbled after picking up 13 yards. The Rams took over with great field position at the San Francisco 44, but the 49ers forced a 3-and-out.
Kaepernick to Davis
After missing the Colts game with a hamstring injury, Vernon Davis was questionable for Thursday night in St. Louis. He ultimately suited up and made it 21-3 with a 12-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. The score capped off an 11-play, 88-yard drive in 5:03.
Pouring it on
NaVorro Bowman sacked Sam Bradford and forced a fumble, which the 49ers recovered at the Rams 3-yard line. After Anthony Dixon was stopped short at the 1-yard line on 1st down, he walked into the end zone on 2nd down to give the 49ers a 28-3 lead early in the 4th quarter.
Rams capitalize on fumbled exchange
With the game clearly in hand, the 49ers gave the Rams life as the ball slipped out of Colin Kaepernick's hand as he went back to hand the ball off to Kendall Hunter. St. Louis took over at the 49ers 24-yard line and four players later made it 28-9 on Sam Bradford's scoring strike to Lance Kendricks. A 2-point conversation made it 28-11 with 5:44 remaining.
Pouring it on (again)
After the Rams' ensuing onside kick failed, Kendall Hunter scampered for a 29-yard touchdown on 3rd and 13 for the final score of the game -- 49ers 35, Rams 11
Bowman's huge night
Playing without fellow All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis, NaVorro Bowman registered six tackles, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, a pass defended, 2 QB hits, and a forced fumble.
A big night for Gore
Frank Gore finished the night with 153 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries (he did lose a fumble, too). It was his highest single-game rushing total since the 2009 season.