Instant Reaction: 49ers Overcome Slow Start, Beat Rams 31-17

The St. Louis Rams came out firing, scoring a touchdown on their first drive of the game. They added another in the first quarter to go up 14-0, but the 49ers finally woke up in the second quarter.

San Francisco was able to cut the lead to four at halftime, and scored on the first drive of the second half to take the 17-14 lead. They added two more touchdowns for good measure as the Niners cruised to the easy win.

Turning Point: Trailing 14-3 with just 27 seconds to go in the first half, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hit wideout Brandon Lloyd - who had burned his man on a double move - for an 80-yard touchdown. That grabbed all of the momentum for San Francisco, who used that to pull away for the victory.

GIF: 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd Burns The Rams For An 80-Yard Score

Key Stat: St. Louis failed to record a sack again on Monday night, extending a dismal year for their pass rush that has only totaled one all year. The result was that Kaepernick had time in the pocket to pick apart the Rams' weak secondary, which they used to take over the game.

San Francisco MVP: Colin Kaepernick was dynamite yet again in this game, completing 22 of his 36 pass attempts for 343 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 37 yards on the ground as he controlled the game all night.

St. Louis MVP: No one on the Rams looked showed any sort of explosiveness or excitement other than rookie running back Tre Mason. It was his first game of the season, and gained 40 yards on only five carries, including two long runs where he ran over multiple San Francisco defenders. He looked like the Rams' running back of the future.

What’s Next? The Niners moved a half-game ahead of rival Seattle in the division (both still trail Arizona), and will look to extend their three-game winning streak in Denver next week. The Rams will look for their second win of the season against the Seahawks on Sunday.

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