The San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) will be looking for revenge against the St. Louis Rams (4-6-1) after the division rival secured a tie at Candlestick Park earlier in the season. They should be able to get it as they hit the road for this weekend's NFC West divisional tilt.
Since these two teams played to a 24-24 tie the Rams have gone 1-1 while the 49ers have beaten two of the better teams in the NFL.
Where: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis
When: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m ET
Live Streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Line: 49ers -8 (via Bovada)
San Francisco Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
|TE Delanie Walker ||Hip|
St. Louis Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
|LB Mario Haggan ||Elbow|
What's at Stake?
The Rams' season is pretty much done relative to making the playoffs. It will take nine or 10 wins to earn a wild card, and they can't get there.
The 49ers all but have the NFC West wrapped up. It looked as though Seattle would be in a position to challenge for the division crown, but a loss against the Miami Dolphins last Sunday likely cost them any hope of catching San Francisco.
San Francisco, RB Frank Gore
The 49ers are still working through who their actual starting quarterback is. But there is little doubt as to who will carry the load for the offense.
Frank Gore hasn't been a fantasy standout in recent weeks, but he's gained yards on the ground. He'll do plenty of that against a stout Rams front seven with the help of his offensive line.
UPDATE: Nov. 28 at 3:10 p.m.
Jim Harbaugh has announced that Colin Kaepernick will get the start on Sunday. This makes him an immediately viable fantasy option at quarterback.
We believe Colin has the hot hand, and we’re going with Colin.” – Jim Harbaugh— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 28, 2012
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St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens
Givens missed the overtime game against the 49ers for violating team rules. The rookie had his first 100-yard game last week and added his third touchdown of the season.
It will be tough to do much against the 49ers' defense, but Givens could have a big day.
What They're Saying
Perhaps the biggest story surrounding the 49ers in recent weeks is the status of the quarterback position. Colin Kaepernick has played well since coming on in relief of a concussed Alex Smith.
Kaepernick was given the start last week even though Smith was available to take the field. It has caused a bit of a stir in the camp.
At least one 49er believes he has a feel for what direction the team is headed.
It is hard to guess what direction Harbaugh will go with his two starting quarterbacks, but there is support for both getting the nod.
As a piece of advice to Jim Harbaugh, remember this Jimmy Johnson remark: "if you have 2 starting QBs, you actually have zero starting QBs"— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) November 26, 2012
Key Matchup: The battle in the trenches
Both of these teams have solid defensive lines that can be disruptive. The edge to the 49ers comes in a better offensive line.
San Francisco should have more time to throw the ball and get a better push from the offensive line in the ground game. The Rams need better play from their blockers to be able to pull off the win.
It has been hard to gauge how the Rams are going to perform from one week to the next. They were a bit flat against the New York Jets but rode a pair of defensive touchdowns to prevail over the falling Arizona Cardinals.
The 49ers are playing as good as any team right now, though, and will respond to the opportunity to sew up the NFC West.
49ers 31, Rams 13