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

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49ers vs. Rams: Final Grades, Analysis for San Francisco
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So much for the "hot hand" of Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers lose, in overtime, 16-13 and the cool nerves and bionic leg of Rams rookie Greg "Legatron" Zuerlien, who wins it with a 54-yard field goal in overtime after tying it up at the gun in regulation with a 53-yard effort.

David Akers, meanwhile, missed a 51-yarder that would've won it for the 49ers.

These teamed played an overtime for the second straight game and were mere seconds away from another tie.

Kaepernick made some big plays late, most notably a 50-yard scramble that set up the 49ers go-ahead field goal late in regulation, but he had a number of mistakes in the game and wasn't very effective overall.

It will set up a lot of second-guessing for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who kept Kaepernick in as the starter despite Alex Smith being fully healthy, explaining that Kaepernick had the hot hand. 

The 49ers fall to 8-3-1, missing out on a chance to open some room between themselves and the Chicago Bears, who also lost in overtime today, for the second seed in the NFC and a first-round playoff bye. They'll look to rebound at home next week against the Dolphins.

The Rams improve to 5-6-1, to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive. It's a signature win for them in a game in which they didn't have their best offensive player in Danny Amendola and really did nothing offensively for the first 59 minutes of the game. It took a resolute performance from their defense to win it.

It just goes to show you, in divisional games, anything can happen.

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