In a division rematch of a game that ended in a tie three weeks ago, the 49ers and Rams again finished in overtime. This time, however, there was a clear winner.
Colin Kaepernick got the nod as the starting quarterback for the third game in a row. Going 21-32 for 208 yards, he threw no interceptions or touchdowns. The Niners only touchdown was a one (1) yard run by Frank Gore midway through the first quarter. The 7-0 score held until Kaepernick was penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety for the Rams; making the score 7-2 in the third. The Niners added a 23-yard field goal by David Akers in the fourth quarter.
On their own 17, the 49ers botched a pitch play. Kaepernick pitched the ball backwards to Ted Ginn, Jr, who couldn’t hold on to it. Janoris Jenkins picked up the fumble and stumbled into the endzone, giving the Rams a total of eight (8) points on the board, all made by their defense. The Rams went for two and converted on a short pass from Sam Bradford to Lance Kendricks to even the score at 10. With 1:38 left to go in the game, Akers kicks a 33-yard field goal to give the Niners a 3-point lead.
Bradford drives the Rams down the field and rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein kicks a 53-yard field goal to tie the game up and force overtime. In overtime, the Rams receive the ball first. On the second 49ers possession, Akers attempts a 51-yard field goal, which is wide right, resulting in a turnover on downs. On the ensuing possession by the Rams, Zuerlein kicks a 54-yard field goal to win the game for the Rams.
Quickly gaining a reputation of avoiding sacks over the last two games, Kaepernick was sacked three (3) times today for a total of 17 yards. Known for its tough defense, the 49ers did not force any turnovers in today’s game. Aldon and Justin Smith both netted one sack on Bradford. Aldon’s sack gave him the NFL record of most sacks (31) in his first two seasons, breaking Reggie White’s previous record and tying Fred Dean’s single season record of sacks with 17.5.