San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams 10/13/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: 49ers 31
Wrapping up the Week 6 action on “Monday Night Football,” we had a divisional matchup between the 49ers and the Rams. San Francisco was coming off a narrow victory over the Chiefs in Week 5, while St. Louis nearly came back to win over the Eagles.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics in this one so that we can determine exactly why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll look ahead to Week 7 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: For a while, it looked like the Rams would run away with this one. They were dominant during the first quarter, with Benjamin Cunningham getting things started on a 1-yard TD run. Lance Kendricks got in on the action off a 22-yard Austin Davis pass to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The stunned 49ers team got their bearings in the second, posting a field goal of 54 yards from Phil Dawson to get on the board. They’d add an 80-yard Brandon Lloyd bomb from Colin Kaepernick at the end of the second quarter to make it 14-10 St. Louis at the break.
The Niners really tightened the screws in the third, posting an 11-yard Anquan Boldin TD to take the lead. Late in the quarter, Michael Crabtree hauled in a 32-yard score to make it 24-14 at the end of three.
Greg Zuerlein got St. Louis to within one score with a 38-yarder in the fourth. The Rams had the ball with a chance to tie it up at the end of the game, but Dontae Johnson snagged an interception and returned it 20 yards to the end zone for a 31-17 49ers victory.
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The Stars: Kaepernick came away with some nice stats in this one. He had 343 passing yards and three touchdowns, not to mention his 37 rush yards on three attempts. His main beneficiary was Anquan Boldin, who hauled in seven receptions for 94 yards and a TD.
On the other side, no one person really stood out; Jared Cook led the team in receiving with four grabs for 74 yards. Tre Mason was the high man in rushing with 40 yards on five attempts.
The Goats: We can’t really pin everything on Davis, but this was certainly a disappointment after the early promise of his first few games. He had just 236 yards, one touchdown and the pick-6 that sealed the loss.
The St. Louis defense kept getting burned on big plays all night. The result was 432 yards allowed--343 of those coming through the air. Davis was also sacked five times, while Kaepernick wasn’t sacked at all.
Injuries: Both teams came out of this one relatively clean. The Niners were without Tramaine Brock (toe). The Rams listed Trumaine Johnson and Brandon McGee as out, which explains their lack of depth at the CB position.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 7, the 49ers will get another primetime game Sunday night when they visit the Broncos in Denver (October 19; 8:30 PM ET: on NBC).
Meanwhile, the Rams will get a tough one when the defending champion Seahawks come to town (October 19; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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