The San Francisco 49ers came into their Week 10 matchup with the St. Louis Rams with a 6-2 record, leading the NFC West. The Rams entered this contest at 3-5, already surpassing their entire win total from 2011.
The concern was that the 49ers would come into this game flat because of the bye week and looking ahead to their game next week against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
However, one thing I have noticed with the 49ers under head coach Jim Harbaugh is when they have extra time to prepare, they usually play very well. Unfortunately, this week it simply didn't happen.
Whether the extra week off was a factor is pure speculation, but the 49ers came out and were manhandled early by the Rams. St. Louis marched up and down the field to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
The 49ers then gained the momentum when quarterback Alex Smith led them on a 13-play drive that culminated in a touchdown to Michael Crabtree which cut the Rams' lead in half. The 49ers had seized the momentum, but immediately lost it when it was learned that Smith would be lost for the game with a concussion.
Both teams made a lot of mistakes today, but they also made a few good plays. The result was a rather sloppy contest that ended in a 24-24 draw, the first tie game in the NFL in four years.
Let's take a look at some of the 49ers who were winners and losers in today's game.