After getting off to a slow start as the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) quickly fell behind to the lowly St. Louis Rams (1-4) 14-0, it was the 49ers who came roaring back as they scored 24 unanswered points. A team that struggled to run the ball against the No. 29 ranked run defense, it was an 80-yard touchdown by 49ers WR Brandon Lloyd that would spark a much needed comeback. A prediction I made as I said that Lloyd would score he did just that right before halftime.
A touchdown that came just seconds before halftime, it was Lloyd’s savvy route running that separated himself from Rams CB Janoris Jenkins, leaving him in the dust for an easy go-ahead touchdown. With the 49ers trailing 14-10, they would then get in a rhythm as 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick picked up where he left off as he shredded the Rams secondary for two more touchdowns in the third-quarter.
Two touchdowns that came at opportune times as Kap found WR Anquan Boldin in the back of the end zone after improving outside the pocket, it was Kap’s touch pass that made the score possible. Not to be outdone was WR Michael Crabtree as he ran a post, corner, post route (triple move) on Rams rookie CB E.J. Gaines for an easy 32-yard touchdown score.
A great game for Kaepernick as he finished in stellar fashion by completing 22 of 36 for 343 yards and three touchdowns, Kaepernick played lights out!
With the 49ers taking a commanding 24-14 lead, it was the defense that would show up as the 49ers pass-rush came to life. A pass rush that was non-existent all season long, it was the play of OLB Ahmad Brooks and OLB Dan Skuta that would set the tone as the two players had two sacks each. A nice sign considering the 49ers play QB Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos next week, they will surely need a pass-rush if they hope to have any chance of winning.
And if you’re wondering about special-teams, it was 49ers P Andy Lee who did his part as he nailed four of his five punts inside the Rams’ own 20-yard line. A prediction I made on Covers.com as I was featured on why the 49ers would cover the spread, Lee was an interesting angle but one I felt strongly about and he didn’t disappoint.
The Rams had one last drive to tie the score, but a late heroic effort by rookie fourth-round pick CB Dontae Johnson shattered those dreams as he intercepted the ball all while taking it to the house for a 20-yard touchdown return.
With the 49ers getting their first divisional win, they will need to focus for an inter-conference matchup with the Broncos as this game will be arguably their hardest of the season.