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.
Follow San Francisco 49ers lead columnist Dylan DeSimone during the NFL season on Twitter at @DeSimone80.