49ers vs. Rams: 10 Keys to the Game for San Francisco

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49ers vs. Rams: 10 Keys to the Game for San Francisco
A little Frank Gore a day keeps the St. Louis Rams victory away..

Key No. 1 for the San Francisco 49ers: Avoid tying the St. Louis Rams for the second time this season.

Facetiousness aside, the 49ers certainly want to move forward past the Rams without the dubious distinction of being an NFL team in the modern era with two draws on its record.

(It would just be plain unbecoming for a Super Bowl-caliber squad.)

The 24-24 tie in Week 10 at Candlestick Park was as rare as it was unfortunate for both teams. San Francisco (at the time) put its playoff seeding in jeopardy, while St. Louis did the proverbial kissing of the sister instead of securing a victory that was well within its grasp.

Now three weeks later into the 2012 season, the 49ers and Rams once again find themselves on the gridiron for a heated divisional matchup.

Jeff Fisher’s club has NFC West pride on the line. The Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers, on the other hand, must win to maintain their hold on the NFC’s No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Pound the rock, stop the run, prevent the big play—these are some of the crucial factors for San Francisco as it looks to advance its record to 9-2-1.

Let’s now examine the 10 keys in their entirety for the 49ers to leave St. Louis with a much-needed "W."

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