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49ers get back on track with win over Rams

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The San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams both entered Thursday night’s matchup at 1-2 with a loss dealing a potential deathblow for hopes of making a playoff run this season.

The 49ers played with the urgency of a team with their backs against the wall and throttled a Rams team that gave them fits in 2012.

San Francisco got back to their running game formula that proved so successful a season ago. The 49ers ran for 219 yards with Frank Gore leading the way. Gore ran for 153 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon also added scores on the ground at the 49ers cruised to a 35-11 victory over St. Louis Thursday night.

The Rams’ running game was non-existent. St. Louis desperately missed the production of Steven Jackson as they ran for just 18 yards on 19 carries. It forced Sam Bradford to have to carry the Rams offense and he failed horribly. Bradford completed just 19 of 41 passes against the 49ers with a garbage time touchdown and an interception by Donte Whitner, though 49ers defenders nearly intercepted at least three other passes as well.

It was a pivotal game for both teams and their hopes of remaining relevant this season. The 49ers proved they could right the ship and get back on track after losing consecutive games for the first time under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Meanwhile, the Rams were hammered for the second straight week and their offense looked completely disjointed.

For now, San Francisco avoided a potentially devastating loss to their playoff hopes and showed they aren’t folding after two difficult weeks in the Bay Area.

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68 Responses to “49ers get back on track with win over Rams”
  1. mylionsroaring says: Sep 27, 2013 12:15 AM

    They are great beating those big bad Rams

  2. seahawksteven777 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:15 AM

    It’s funny that the 49ers fans would chant “Seahawks suck” in the crowd at the game. Oh really? Didn’t you guys just lose to us for a second straight time? Being bitter sucks doesn’t it?

  3. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 27, 2013 12:21 AM

    A Ram’s victory formation down 24 points?

    Only Jeff “Oil Can Harry” Fisher.

  4. rickyspanish says: Sep 27, 2013 12:25 AM

    Sam Bradford is making too much money.

  5. golfnutt67 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:27 AM

    Come on haters bring it.. its early and no one wins the SB in sept. We need to get healthy and all will be fine.

  6. jason1980 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:33 AM

    Back on track, wait….they were playing the Rams? Does they count as being back on track?

  7. joey49er says: Sep 27, 2013 12:38 AM

    Like I said Seattle u have won nothing yet!!!!!
    49ers are the west were back!!!!!! Tooo Bad Too SAD crybabys!!!!!gooooooo niners

  8. niners1986 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:39 AM

    Oh so no haters ? Like I said . Ppl are pathetic! I’m not even here to gloat just to show how things work. Regardless win or lose still a fan. Kap has work to do but defense looked solid. Good win niners

  9. beastmode5150 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:39 AM

    Man, I LOVE that the niners fans at a game vs the lowly rams chanted “Seahawks suck”. One, they are full of jokes, unless you ignore beat downs, two, umm, thanks for letting us know we are COMPLETELY in your heads.

  10. steelchampions says: Sep 27, 2013 12:39 AM

    The Rams looked Steeler bad, tonight. :D

  11. gplsek says: Sep 27, 2013 12:42 AM

    you call that a win for a team that is supposed to go to SB? Rams cant get out of their on way, Bradford sux and no running back, can we send Ryan Mathews there for 12rd pick lol

  12. bert1913 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:43 AM

    weak teams should beat weaker teams

  13. craniator says: Sep 27, 2013 12:44 AM

    It says here that both Jake Long and Sam Bradford will be gone from the Rams’ roster within two to three years. The only question is whether Jeff Fisher joins them. As a Dolphins fan , I couldn’t be happier with Jonathan Martin and Joe Philbin , over Long and Fisher.
    Sometimes the deals you don’t make are the best deals of all. Dolphins owner Steve Ross wanted both Long (Michigan guy) and Fisher in the worst way. Thank goodness he didn’t get what he wanted. But hey — look on the bright side — the Rams will have two draft choices in the top half of the first round next Spring , and they’re only two years away from being two years away.

  14. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 27, 2013 12:45 AM

    Back on track…

    …to mediocrity.

  15. jdhein22 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:48 AM

    Boy, the Read Option sure was overhyped this offseason. What, did the Niners run it twice?

  16. cadillacjosh says: Sep 27, 2013 12:49 AM

    The 49ers are obviously a talented team, but righting the ship and beating The Rams are two seperate things.

  17. i10east says: Sep 27, 2013 12:51 AM

    Nothing says “getting back on track” like beating them powerhouse St Louis Rams…

  18. dstep24 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:51 AM

    LOL. Not sure you really get “back on track” when you beat the rams.

  19. gohawks89 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:56 AM

    not hard to beat the rams…
    try to beat a team in the nfl next week

  20. jayniner says: Sep 27, 2013 12:57 AM

    Frank Gore – 153 yards rushing – Watch out NFC west including the Seahawks…..underestimate and you will lose….

  21. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:58 AM

    The Rams running back situation is easily the worst in the league and their receiving group is almost as pathetic. Bradford doesn’t have a prayer.

    That being said, Kaepernick had at least 2 passes that should have been easy interceptions tonight.

  22. norcalmafia says: Sep 27, 2013 12:59 AM

    Kaepernick is still a one tri k pony…One read and done…And Im a Niner fan!

  23. kolbydoerge says: Sep 27, 2013 1:02 AM

    Who doesn’t against the Rams…Oh you mean from last year! 1-1-1 now over the last 3 games! OUCH. GO HAWKS!! 3-0 1-0 in division…Oh yeah you remember! Too loud! lol. Too mean! lol. TOO GOOD! GO HAWKS!!

  24. frk49rs says: Sep 27, 2013 1:03 AM

    With my screen name I bet you would never guess I was a Niner fan.

    With that said, I was very pleased with the game tonight. Kap looked OK, Frank looked great, both lines dominated. BUT IT WAS THE RAMS… We took the right steps tonight, but it was the rams. None the less it was a step in the right direction.

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 27, 2013 1:13 AM

    False hope against a hopeless team.

  26. rainponcho87 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:14 AM

    Four of the 10 most commented articles of PFT are about the 49ers. I guess the team is either loved or hated.

    This is just what the 49ers needed: a blowout win on the road and now 10 days off to heal up. This team is going to be get better down the road with players coming back. Looks likes it is probably Seattle’s year to win the NFC west but like those years the Giants won the superbowl, you never know who gets hot around playoff time.

  27. trollhammer20 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:14 AM

    Ram leading rushers the last three weeks:

    Richardson, 35 yards
    Pead, 20 yards
    Richardson, 16 yards

    You do not only not win with those kinds of numbers, you can’t even compete with those kinds of numbers.

    This team could wind up 4-12…or worse. I’ve seen both Jacksonville and the Rams play in the last five days, and quite frankly, the Jaguars showed more heart.

  28. dirk504 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:42 AM

    Good win against a divisional opponent. Back to the basics. Go Niners!!

  29. mrmidevil says: Sep 27, 2013 1:43 AM

    Yeah, but it was the RAMS!!!! They suck, if getting back on track means beating the teams you are SUPPOSED to beat, then ok….but really, does this mean they are automaticall back in the hunt for a Super Bowl appearance????

  30. grandmachine says: Sep 27, 2013 3:40 AM

    49ers fans be like…beat the Rams

    Kap is back, Super Bowl here we come!

  31. falconshot says: Sep 27, 2013 4:26 AM

    Bradford looked terrible. I know Schottenheimer’s offense is straight out of 1980 but holy crap, THROW the ball. You can’t go back to a curl route after 5 steps and a few pats of the ball, you need to throw it before the guy turns around. With all due respect, Bradford looks like a guy with ADD who, after the snap, forgot what he was supposed to be doing. ( I said with all due respect )

  32. TheWizard says: Sep 27, 2013 4:50 AM

    That Rams back Richardson is horrible. If there’s no hole at least slam it in there and get a yard or two.
    Must be Laurence Maroney’s cousin.

  33. seatownballers says: Sep 27, 2013 4:58 AM

    Rams look horrible. They need a new qb, oline, running back, tight end, and receivers.
    Good thing the rams will have 2 top ten picks in the next draft

  34. wearethesteelers says: Sep 27, 2013 5:43 AM

    It was the Rams.

  35. stillperfect says: Sep 27, 2013 6:03 AM

    The Rams got Fisher, the Dolphins got Philbin; The Rams got Long, the Dolphins got Gibson; the Rams are 1-3, the Dolphins are 3-0. I wonder who got the best of these moves?

  36. northbynw27 says: Sep 27, 2013 6:18 AM

    It’s ok bandwagon 9er fans, you can come back now.

  37. toadthechoad says: Sep 27, 2013 6:36 AM

    Schottenheimer has to go. Most lathargic offense I have ever seen. 3 yard pass plays every down aren’t very hard to game plan for. So much speed at wr. Never opens it up though. The one deep pass he calls was on 3rd and 1 when they are finally driving. They were never in the game after that. Frustrating watching them every week.

  38. eviltwin007 says: Sep 27, 2013 6:52 AM

    I would surely hope so. It’s the Rams for crying out loud!!!

  39. rahavort says: Sep 27, 2013 7:05 AM

    Hate to say it….but a win over the Rams does not necessarily show proof they are back on track. The Rams offense was…..well there was no Rams offense

  40. osiris33 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:15 AM

    I sincerely hope the 49ers believe they are back on track, because they aren’t. They were mediocre and the Rams are terrible. I expect the Seahawks to be 6-0 in the NFC West based on what I’ve seen so far.

  41. wnstonchill says: Sep 27, 2013 7:21 AM

    The Rams were the ultimate test too. The mighty Niners are hitting on all cylinders now. They look unbeatable again….

  42. ace8842 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:23 AM

    The game said more about how pitiful the Rams are than about how good the 49ers are. Seriously, the Niners are missing like four starters on defense and all you can manage at home is 3 points? Kaepernick wasn’t really even that great nor was the 49er offense, the Ram defense was just on the field forever. Beginning to wonder if Bradford is just a bust.

  43. lagg1 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:51 AM

    Good win, Niners! Harbaugh is too good a coach to allow his club to lose 3 straight regardless of the injury situation.

  44. nodindenver says: Sep 27, 2013 7:58 AM

    Terrible effort by the Rams. Figured game would be close with Willis/ A Smith on the shelf and obviously figured wrong. Cannot imagine paying to watch as many people in St. Louis did last night!

  45. sb44champs says: Sep 27, 2013 8:17 AM

    That’s alright… Even if they make the playoffs, 49ers will not get as far as last year…Simply better teams than them this year…

  46. natepalmer1 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:25 AM

    After watching this game, I wonder how much money the 49ers organization paid the Rams for the win…It was a sloppy mess…Can’t believe how sloppy the Rams are, especially after last season…
    Gross…

  47. snaponrules says: Sep 27, 2013 8:35 AM

    Amazing how good a team looks when you play the Rams.
    That would be like an AFC team thumping their chest after they put a smack down on the Jaguars.
    In either case you beat a bad team with a horrible QB. Its a win, but nothing to get to excited about.

  48. eatitfanboy says: Sep 27, 2013 9:03 AM

    Is this really a case of the Niners “getting back on track” or St. Louis settling into the Jeff Fisher zone- just good enough to beat terrible teams, not good enough to beat anyone decent.

    Mediocrity was the name of the game for 17 years in Houston/Tennessee under Fisher. Everyone killed me when I pointed that out after he got the St. Louis job.

    How’s that working out for ya?

  49. canetic says: Sep 27, 2013 9:10 AM

    I wouldn’t hang my hat on beating the Rams. The Rams have a terrible, terrible offense. They might as well have Jeff George as their QB. That was a disgrace.

  50. cornerstone2001 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:57 AM

    Seahawk Steven? LOL
    Nice name.

    Niners lose to” us”? Dont recall seeing your name on the roster.

    Niner fans detest shehawk fans since we dont hear a peep out of you when you suck for so many years. When they start to get good, all this talk.

    Scoreboard:
    Niners 5 rings (shoulda been 6 except for the refs noncalls)

    Shehawks……..ZIP rings

  51. kolbydoerge says: Sep 27, 2013 10:10 AM

    “get healthy”? Another excuse…Seahawks were without 7 key players….Scary huh? BOOO
    Go Hawks!

  52. beastmode5150 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:11 AM

    Niners chanting that is a sign of respect.

  53. dirk504 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    It was only the Rams… meanwhile Seahawk fans brag about beating Carolina and the Jags???

  54. weepingjebus says: Sep 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    Turned it off after that silly TD on 4th and inches. So many disappointing matchups. It’s like the football gods are telling us to ditch Thursday games (and London ones).

  55. jdarty11 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    Not a fan of either team – but come on. They beat the RAMS… I suppose they will be back in the top 5 in the power rankings now?… when they beat someone who is relevant they can talk.

  56. shlort says: Sep 27, 2013 11:16 AM

    Hardly an impressive win for the Niners. Had they played a quality opponent last night, they would have lost. Even in a victory the Niners looked ordinary again.

  57. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:24 AM

    Yeah, cornerstone2001 is such a badass name. You’re the man.

    Funny how 9er fans were ready to jump of a bridge after the past 2 weeks. Now you beat the Rams and you guys are suddenly invincible again. Unreal. But not surprising at all. You guys are a totally rational group.

  58. natepalmer1 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:24 AM

    So who have the Rams beat? The Arizona Cardinals…So San Fran is back on track because they beat the Rams? What a joke, this doesn’t prove anything except that the Rams suck…That’s it…The 49ers will finish 3rd in the NFC West, right behind the Cards…Haha!
    GO SEAHAWKS!

  59. natepalmer1 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:25 AM

    So who have the Rams beat? The Arizona Cardinals…So San Fran is back on track because they beat the Rams? What a joke, this doesn’t prove anything except that the Rams suck…That’s it…The 49ers will finish 3rd in the NFC West, right behind the Cards…
    GO SEAHAWKS!

  60. scmems07 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:32 AM

    I truly believe my Jr high football team had a more complex offense that the niners just ran, do you really have to babysit your qb that much brother Jim? And kaep still looked shaky running it, laurenites dropped two int’s. Now Colin can go back to staring at his Twitter page and taking selfies all week. and the “experts” said that this division would be the best in the league…..riiiight

  61. docboss says: Sep 27, 2013 11:36 AM

    This performance by the Rams brought back memories of the Tony Banks era. Comically inept. Sam is looking a bit like David Carr. Not this year Rams fans. 4-12 with a few breaks.
    I will still go to the games because I enjoy football, but I will probably see the dome 1/2 empty very soon. The draft cannot come soon enough. Go Baseball Cards!

  62. dirtyjersey9er says: Sep 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    Shehawks fans should worry about playing the Texans on the road this week. The Texans won’t bail the Shehawks out like Carolina did.

    And last night is one of those games a team needs to get back into rhythm. Let’s hope Roman doesn’t go back to being pass happy because that killed the team last week. How is it that Gore is gashing the Colts Defense and only gets 3 touches in the second half?

    Shehawks fans also forget they have to come to SF later this season. Still have yet to beat the 9ers there under Harbaugh. Your cheap shotting DBs won’t get to draw penalties with after the whistle shoves this time.

  63. scmems07 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:04 PM

    So who have the Rams beat? The Arizona Cardinals…So San Fran is back on track because they beat the Rams? What a joke, this doesn’t prove anything except that the Rams suck…That’s it…The 49ers will finish 3rd in the NFC West, right behind the Cards…Haha!
    GO SEAHAWKS!

    so who has seattle beat again? the worst team in the league jags, one of the bottom teams in the league panthers (who only one on a hail mary prayer) and a clearly overrated niners team…….typical seattle fan.

  64. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 27, 2013 12:12 PM

    IT WAS THE RAMS!!
    MINUS S JACKSON!!

  65. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:53 PM

    @ northbynw

    You and all the other seahack trolls have the audacity to call ANYONE bandwagon?

    Seattle didn’t even know it had a football team till last November until word got around that it might make the playoffs without going 7-9. Then all of the sudden you chumps came out of the woodwork pretending “oh I have been a fan forever blah blah”.

    Look at this and other sites (NFL, ESPN) and and see how many new accounts have shown up in the last few montha all claiming to be Sea fans, it’s pathetic.

    Anyways, great win by the Red & Gold. It was a much needed kick start that will permeate as the season progresses. Glad Staley is ok.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  66. ydousuk says: Sep 27, 2013 2:27 PM

    dirk504 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    It was only the Rams… meanwhile Seahawk fans brag about beating Carolina and the Jags???
    —————————————————————

    Lets see, who else did the Hawks beat…………

  67. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 27, 2013 3:04 PM

    braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:53 PM

    @ northbynw

    You and all the other seahack trolls have the audacity to call ANYONE bandwagon?

    Seattle didn’t even know it had a football team till last November until word got around that it might make the playoffs without going 7-9. Then all of the sudden you chumps came out of the woodwork pretending “oh I have been a fan forever blah blah”.

    Look at this and other sites (NFL, ESPN) and and see how many new accounts have shown up in the last few montha all claiming to be Sea fans, it’s pathetic.

    Anyways, great win by the Red & Gold. It was a much needed kick start that will permeate as the season progresses. Glad Staley is ok.

    GO NINERS!!!!!
    ===========================

    You know the loudest stadium in the world has been sold out forever, right?

    Didn’t think so.

  68. supershaun80 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:55 PM

    @realitycheckbaby
    you do know candlestick has been sold out for years …… nah didn’t think so

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