Rams vs 49ers: Final Grades, Analysis for San Francisco

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Rams vs 49ers: Final Grades, Analysis for San Francisco
All grades vs. Rams should be taken with a grain of salt.

If ever there was a deserved tie in the NFL, this is it, as it's hard to think of a ballgame where both teams played so equally, for better and worse, with the Niners and Rams finishing a scoreless overtime period to draw 24-24, the first tie in the NFL since 2008. 

Both teams missed field goals in overtime (David Akers' miss much more egregious as it came from just 41 yards out compared to Greg Zeurlein's 58-yard effort) and St. Louis had a number of miscues in the extra period.

An 80-yard pass from Sam Bradford to Danny Amendola was wiped out by penalty and a successful 53-yard field goal by Zeurlein didn't count because he took too long and was called for delay-of-game. 

Amendola also had a punt return touchdown called back because of a clipping penalty, so it was a rough afternoon for him despite an awesome 11 catch, 107-yard game. 

The Niners (6-2-1) and Rams (3-5-1) both blew fourth quarter leads, in keeping with the nature of the game. 

The Rams were up 17-7, but allowed two touchdowns 25 seconds apart, first on a 7-yard Colin Kaepernick scramble and then on a 20-yard sweep by Frank Gore, sandwiched around a fumble by kickoff returner Isaiah Pead.

San Francisco couldn't hold a 21-17 lead however and Bradford found Austin Pettis for a short touchdown pass a few plays after a successful fake punt by St. Louis' Johnny Hekker gave them new life. 

The Rams led 24-21 with just over a minute to go but Kaepernick led a quick field goal drive to send the game into overtime.

The 49ers' second-year quarterback played the majority of the game because Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the first quarter. Kaepernick didn't do much early on but was terrific in the fourth quarter and twice put the team in position to win the game, but it wasn't to be. 

San Francisco will now prepare for a Monday night game at home against the Bears and it's unknown whether Smith will be able to play in the game. 

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