Notching another win in 2013, the San Francisco 49ers (8-4) remain firmly in playoff contention as we close in on the final four games of the regular season.
This team has rolled in their second straight contest, defeating both Washington and St. Louis by double-digit margins in the span of a week. Their defensive performances have been ruthless and these sporadic explosions on offense are now becoming more frequent.
With how the roster is taking shape and the players' comfort with one another, as well as within the system, it appears as if this team is beginning to pick up momentum as we enter the month of December.
Evidently, Jim Harbaugh's 49ers are becoming quite a force, and perhaps at just the right time. So, after witnessing how this squad bowled through a familiar NFC West rival in the St. Louis Rams, it's time to reflect on the game and provide player-by-analysis complete with final grades.
Grading criteria is as follows:
- Expectations: Some players can look really good out there, but how much did they leave on the field?
- Statistics: If a player was blanked, booming or something in between, this plays a significant role as to how a player is graded.
- Impact: Stats are great and all, but how did those yards come in garbage time or on a 3rd-and-long? The clutch value factors in here.
- Consistency: One big play can change a game, but consistency down-to-down can make sure you win it. Who was bringing it on every play?
Statistics provided by ESPN.com Game Center, unless specified otherwise.