On Monday night in St. Louis the San Francisco 49ers got a division win over the St. Louis Rams by a score of 31-17. St. Louis got off to a hot start with quarterback Austin Davis leading the tea to an early 14-0 lead, but after that it was all 49ers as they scored 24 unanswered points through the second and third quarters and showed their dominance on both sides of the ball.
Rams quarterback Austin Davis got his team out to a very quick start going up 14-0 after the first two drives ended in touchdowns. The 49ers had not given up two touchdowns in the first quarter of a game since the 2012 season but St. Louis was able to do it with relative ease. Early on St. Louis did a good job of mixing their runs and passes and got Tavon Austin involved in both. After the first two score the 49ers were able to clamp down on defense and hold St. Louis to 14 points through the first half.
San Francisco got a really bad turnover early in the first half when they got a big pass play but fumbled at the end of it and the Rams were able to recover. After a slow start the 49ers offense began to pick up some steam towards the end of the first half getting a field goal and then getting a huge passing touchdown right before half. The touchdown came on the longest pass of Kaepernick’s career when he found a streaking Brandon Lloyd on the sideline for an 80-yard bomb. It was perfect timing for San Francisco as they went into the half only trailing by 4 instead of 11 making it a 14-10 game at halftime with the Rams holding onto a slight lead.
The second half started as the first half ended with the Rams struggling to get their offense going and the 49ers finishing off drives with touchdowns. The score that gave the 49ers a 17-14 lead was a very nice play by Kaepernick as he rolled out to avoid a rush and found Boldin in the back of the end zone. The San Francisco quarterback really started to play well in the second half after getting the boost of confidence right before halftime. Another big pass play cushioned their lead when Michael Crabtree got open in the middle of the field for San Francisco’s third unanswered passing score making it 24-14.
The Rams could not muster anything on offense after their early success and the defense could not hold the 49ers to keep them in the game. San Francisco really showed why they have been so successful over the past few years as the game wore on when their defense did a good job stopping the Rams and the offense began to exploit St. Louis’ young secondary.
Even in a loss Austin Davis proved that he could be a good NFL quarterback with some excellent throws throughout the game. He did a great job of hanging in the pocket and making good throws even when he knew he was going to get hit. Late on he led the Rams on a good drive that made the score 24-17 and got them in a position to try to win with a drive with just over a minute left, but that drive ended quickly after Davis threw a pick six to end the game.
The 49ers got a crucial division win over the Rams by a score of 31-17. St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis showed some toughness and accuracy but his effort was not enough as the 49ers took the game over after the first quarter. San Francisco improves to 4-2 on the season and will go to Denver next, St. Louis falls to 1-4 and will get Seattle at home next.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius
Pro Football Talk
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