The 49ers returned from their bye week to host the St. Louis Rams. Behind a banged up offensive line, Colin Kaepernick and the Niners offense struggled to move the football, allowing the Rams to come back and win a close game.
The final play literally decided the game, as a goal line scrum resulted in the Rams recovering a fumble in their own endzone with two seconds remaining.
Turning Point: With 14 seconds to go in the game, the 49ers tried a quarterback sneak from the one yard line. A huge pile built up at the goal line, and the Rams' James Laurinitas emerged with the football. A booth review determined that St. Louis did indeed come up with the football, securing the win.
Key Stat: The Rams recorded eight sacks to surpass their total for the entire season. In fact, they recorded six of those sacks in the first half - matching their previous total to date.
49ers MVP: Colin Kaepernick - 22/33, 237 yards, one touchdown.
Although this wasn't the most noteworthy of performances, Kaepernick did enough to move the offense despite constant pressure playing behind a banged up offensive line. He did all he could to bring the Niners back for a victory, but fell a yard shy of doing so.
Rams MVP: Rams defense - eight sacks, two fumble recoveries, 10 points allowed.
The offense hung around in this game thanks to the play of the Rams defensive unit, who was all over Kaepernick, sacking him eight times and keeping the Niners offense from moving the ball all day. They also finished the game with a huge goal line stand.
The Niners travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints, while St. Louis takes on another NFC West rival when they head to Arizona to face the first place Cardinals.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed