The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played to a 24-24 tie after neither team was able to take advantage of their multiple overtime chances—the first tie game in the NFL since 2008.
The Rams got out to an early lead. Steven Jackson took a sledgehammer to the 49ers front seven and Sam Bradford was sharp early on, and the Rams went up 14-0 before the first quarter was concluded.
Jackson finished the game with 101 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, and he wore down the 49ers defense all game long.
Alex Smith got the team back on track, leading a touchdown drive in the second quarter, but he was forced to leave the game after the team discovered that an earlier hit from Jo-Lonn Dunbar left him with a concussion.
Second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a bit shaky in his stead for his first few series, but he got into the swing of things just in the nick of time. He finished the game with 117 yards through the air and 66 on the ground, running one in for a touchdown from seven yards out in the fourth quarter to give his team the spark it needed to get back into the game.
Sam Bradford was brilliant against the NFL's top defense, completing 26-of-39 passes for 275 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. It's no surprise that his favorite target in this game was newly activated wide receiver, Danny Amendola, who hauled in 11 catches for 102 yards.
The 49ers had a chance to win the game in overtime after they stopped the Rams' first possession, but David Akers simply pushed his 41-yard field goal to the left, giving the Rams renewed life.
Then the Rams had a chance to win the game with a 53-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein, but a delay of game penalty set him back five yards and he pushed the kick wide right on his next try.
The 49ers take their 6-2-1 record into Week 11, where they'll host the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, while the 3-5-1 Rams will host the New York Jets next Sunday.