49ers vs. Rams: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Final: 49ers 35, Rams 11
Like everyone expected they'd do in a do-or-die matchup, the San Francisco 49ers committed to the run and slammed it right down the throat of the St. Louis Rams in their own house. 30-year-old Frank Gore finally had his chance to shine, and boy, did he ever.
The team's all-time leader in rushing rumbled for 153 yards and a touchdown on just 20 carries, even.
The Rams and their wide-nine simply could not contain Gore, who seemed to be a step ahead of the St. Louis defenders on virtually every attempt. It was nothing but positive yardage all night for Gore, which set things up nicely for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
He was able to play a proficient style of football and made the throws that he had to; nothing more.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, NaVorro Bowman reminded the rest of the NFL that he is still one of the best inside linebackers in the game today. Even without Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, No. 53 ran things in the middle, making plays against the run, in coverage and as a pass rusher.
Huge night from the All-Pro defender.
This is just the kind of win the 49ers needed to get back on track here.
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Tough guy, Staley refused the cart. I hope it's not serious but his scream of pain suggested it's a big injury— Samuel Lam (@SamuelYLam) September 27, 2013
Oh, man, hate to see that. Joe Staley really in pain for the 49ers.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) September 27, 2013
Oh frack. Staley might have just had a season-ender or something really painful at the very least. Garbage time man.— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) September 27, 2013
Joe Staley’s screams are blood curdling. Awful.— RumfordJohnny (@RumfordJohnny) September 27, 2013
Niners still need to trade for a WR before the deadline. #LetKapEat— RumfordJohnny (@RumfordJohnny) September 27, 2013
The rumor mill says Josh Gordon of the Browns and Kenny Britt of the Titans would be available, but it seems like a long shot. Both players also have character flags, which might prevent the 49ers from engaging in a deal for one or the other.
Not to mention, Mario Manningham will be back sometime after Week 6.
Kendall Hunter Piles It On
San Francisco extends their lead to 24 points now with only a few plays remaining. This is a huge confidence booster for the Niners.
49ers needed to beat the Fisher-era Rams. Doing it in this fashion a bonus. Affirming performance for SF.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) September 27, 2013
4th quarter, 4:37 remaining
49ers are in control and running clock.
Running back Kendall Hunter is in to close out this game. It looks like the 49ers will get a much-needed win on the road before returning home next week to face the Houston Texans.
Jeff Fisher's NFL legacy will be defined by onside kicks when down multiple scores.— Collin McCollough (@cmccollo) September 27, 2013
I am not sure what Donte Whitner is supposed to do there.— Jeff Deeney (@PFF_Jeff) September 27, 2013
I don't get the "he's defenseless so let him catch the ball" thing.— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) September 27, 2013
4th quarter, 6:45 remaining
Anthony Dixon just does not have good vision. Should have taken this lane (dotted), but instead, went to the sideline where his blocker was driving the defender.
Interesting Story to Follow This Week
And it certainly seems to me that Jon Baldwin is the 49ers' second-best wide receiver.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 27, 2013
49ers Recover the Fumble, Followed By A Touchdown
San Francisco takes a 28-3 lead.
Hat Tip to Eric Reid
The 49ers first-round rookie has had a stellar game, holding down the back end of the defense and contributing on special teams.
Eric Reid is better than Kenny Vacarro. One of the things pretty much everyone got wrong.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) September 27, 2013
Making A Statement
Frank Gore showing this is still his offense.
He is the heartbeat of it and if Colin Kaepernick is to succeed, offensive coordinator Greg Roman needs to integrate No. 21 into the game plan a whole lot more.
Frank Gore now has 153 yds rushing. The most since he's had since 167 yds against Arizona in November of 2009 #49ers— Mindi Bach (@MBachCSN) September 27, 2013
Frank Gore's Big Touchdown Run From Earlier
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