The San Francisco 49ers ended their two game skid with a dominating performance over the St. Louis Rams. The Niners beat their division foes 35-11 with the help of Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin. San Francisco’s defense chipped by only allowing 188 yards of total offense.
In the first quarter, the 49ers offense got off to a sluggish start. They only had a total of 25 yards on 12 plays in the first 15 minutes of the game. Luckily for the Niners, despite the defense giving up multiple third down conversions to the Rams in the first quarter, they only allowed a field goal. During the second quarter is when Colin Kaepernick and the Niners offense came alive and they got back to what they do best, which is power running.
The second quarter saw the 49ers gain over 140 yards offense and score two touchdowns. San Francisco had more points scored in the second quarter than the had in the last two games combined. In the first half, Boldin had three receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown, while on the ground Gore gained 104 rushing yards and had a 34-yard rushing touchdown.
A big reason why the 49ers offense finally looked in-sync for the first time since Week 1 was because Kaepernick was comfortable. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman made Kaepernick comfortable by believing in Gore again, which helped set up the pass. After the power run game was established, Roman had Kap rolling to the outside on play action to find open receivers coming across the field.
At the end of the game, Kaepernick finished with 167 passing yards and two touchdowns. Gore had his best game of the season with 153 rushing yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Boldin led all receivers with 90 yards and one touchdown. Even though Vernon Davis only had two receptions, he chipped in with a 12-yard TD pass to put the Niners up, 21-3, in the third quarter. The offense had 364 total yards.
The Niners defense was equally impressive against the Rams. They only allowed 16 rushing yards in the first half and three points. Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman was the star and made the defense not miss Partick Willis. He had five tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble on a sack in the fourth quarter. Safety Donte Whitner had three tackles and one interception. He dropped an INT in the second quarter that was tipped to a Rams receiver for a first down.
There was constant pressure on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford even though the Niners mainly had a four-man rush. The defense had four sacks on Bradford, who threw for 170 yards. The secondary had good coverage which limited Bradford to throwing short passes. San Francisco’ s D shutdown the Rams rushing attack giving up only 18 yards.
Overall, it was a great game by the 49ers offense, defense, special teams and coaching staff. For now, Niner fans can breathe a sigh of relief with the team by ending their two game losing streak. Let’s hope they can replicate their success next week against the Houston Texans.