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San Francisco 49ers Shutout Rams 26-0

The 2-9 St. Louis Rams traveled to visit the 9-2 San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. To make matters worse for the Rams, starting quarterback Sam Bradford was declared out before the game and the Rams started AJ Feeley at quarterback. Feeley proved that the superficially good play in his 1-1 mark as a starter earlier this year was a mirage as he failed to quarterback the Rams to any points against the impressive 49ers defense. The Rams did not even get a 3rd down conversion until the 4th quarter, going 1-11 on 3rd down for the afternoon.

The Rams offense sputtered at the beginning of the game and AJ Feeley missed a wide open Austin Pettis on a slant route on the Rams first 3rd down opportunity. The 49ers top ranked run defense kept Steven Jackson under wraps. Luckily, the Rams defense was still fresh in the 1st quarter as the 49ers kept the Rams defense on the field with over 11 minutes of possession. However, the Rams defense kept them out of the end zone in the 1st quarter and the 49ers only led 3-0.

However, that changed quickly early in the 2nd quarter as AJ Feeley fumbled the ball on a traditional “empty hand” throw and the 49ers had the ball on the 10 yard line with 1st and goal. The Rams defense stood tall and forced the 49ers to another David Akers field goal to make it 6-0 49ers. And the rest of the 2nd quarter went exactly like the rest of the 1st half as the Rams defense continued to make stands when they needed them. Chris Long had two sacks in the first half and the Rams defense held the 49ers to 9 points and San Francisco lead 9-0 at halftime.

But, after halftime, with even less support from their offense, the “bend but don’t break” defense finally broke. The 49ers were able to trick Craig Dahl at safety, like almost every other team. That route combination left Michael Crabtree one on one with Justin King for an easy touchdown. That pretty much salted the game away at 19-0 in favor of the 49ers. The Rams offense did not look capable of scoring one touchdown, let alone three. And the 49ers did not even bother putting that margin of victory in doubt and scored another touchdown through a catch and run by Kyle Williams.

The 49ers gracefully took the pedal off the metal with over seven minutes left in the game by bringing in their 2nd string running back and quarterback. But, the truth is that the Rams got too far behind once the 49ers went up 2 scores in the 2nd quarter. The Rams are an OK team that is beset by injuries and poor play by their backups. They don’t have the talent on the field or off to overcome anything going against them. And this afternoon the 49ers had everything going against the Rams. The Rams offense was pathetic and there is only so long the Rams defense can hang on as the scoreline gets away from them. The Rams coaching staff is overwhelmed and are coaching as lame ducks running out the string on a disaster of a season.

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