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49ers take big step toward the playoffs with win over Rams

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If the 49ers are going to be a playoff team, games like Sunday’s against the Rams are the games they need to win. And San Francisco won, convincingly.

The 49ers delivered a 23-13 beatdown of the Rams, improving their record to 8-4 and moving a full game ahead of their nearest rivals for the final NFC wild card spot.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has struggled for so much of this season, had an outstanding game, completing 19 of 28 passes for 275 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. He seemed very comfortable spreading the ball around to Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis and new arrival Michael Crabtree, who looked good in his first game of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon in the offseason. Crabtree had two catches for 68 yards.

The Rams, on the other hand, were a mess. Their secondary couldn’t cover anyone, and quarterback Kellen Clemens couldn’t get anything going offensively. St. Louis has played good football at times recently, but this loss was a very disappointing performance.

There was one down note for San Francisco, as All-Pro left tackle Joe Staley left the game with a knee injury. If that injury is severe, Staley would be a huge loss. But as the 49ers prepare to host the Seahawks next week, they have to like how they’re playing to start December. And they have to feel good about their chances of playing well into January.

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46 Responses to “49ers take big step toward the playoffs with win over Rams”
  1. thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 7:22 PM

    Best team in the NFC west that doesn’t cheat.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 7:23 PM

    The Seadderol PEDhawks suck.

  3. offthelows says: Dec 1, 2013 7:23 PM

    Surprised the broadcast didn’t hammer Fisher more for that decision to go for it 4th and 11… down 17, would’ve cut it to 2 scores. That late TD could’ve been followed with an onsides kick, then who knows. Could’ve been a lot more competitive game had the Rams not had so many drops.

  4. offthelows says: Dec 1, 2013 7:25 PM

    well thepftpoet, one team smokes weed, the other drives to practice drunk and has another player kick the crap out of a teammate because he wouldn’t allow him to drive drunk… so some bad apples either way

  5. braceyourselffor12 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:26 PM

    An important win against a tough opponent, good game Ram fans.

    And now begins the run for the playoffs, with Crabtree back our offense blatantly opens up. So long as Roman shrugs off the conservatism this team will go far. Forever Faithful!

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  6. beerbudsnbevo says: Dec 1, 2013 7:26 PM

    “49ers too a big step to losing in the the first round of the Playoffs”

  7. swaggyy says: Dec 1, 2013 7:27 PM

    Yeah, the Seattle Seahawks are their 2 players on the active roster that took adderal once LAST season are just a bunch of cheaters and that’s the only reason they’re 10-1. They suck so much….

  8. swaggyy says: Dec 1, 2013 7:28 PM

    And* not are

  9. asimonetti88 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:33 PM

    Looked good today! Nice to see Crab back

  10. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:33 PM

    How bad must life be for every post to be about Seattle Seahawks before the writer can even get these stories of 49ers published?

    49ers had a good win over a Rams team that on a hot streak. Losing LT is going to be killer, especially with Pro Bowl level LG already out. Crabtree played better than expected because achilles injury is no joke. Rams did drop 2 interceptions and a few big passes on offense but game never felt close.

  11. maverick0 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:33 PM

    Dont have a dog in this game, but I wonder if the competition committee will look at both of Davis’ “hurdles” and adopt the “defenseless defender” rule for next year. Clearly his foot (clete) came head level when looking at the replays. Not saying its right…just trying to level the playing field.

  12. jayniner says: Dec 1, 2013 7:34 PM

    How about Crabtree!!!

  13. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 1, 2013 7:39 PM

    They still need to beat a quality team this season.

  14. FlyFromTheInside says: Dec 1, 2013 7:39 PM

    Meanwhile, Alex Smith is showing once again that the 49ers traded the wrong QB.

  15. thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 7:49 PM

    Alex Smith?

    The one who just lost to the Broncos at home?

    The one who lost 3 games in a row?

    The one that can’t throw 15 yards downfield and is a game manager at best?

    That Alex Smith?

  16. 2thguy says: Dec 1, 2013 7:50 PM

    Niners v Broncos Super Bowl

  17. swaggyy says: Dec 1, 2013 7:52 PM

    Kaepernick is a game manager too poet

  18. trollhammer20 says: Dec 1, 2013 7:55 PM

    PFT Poet’s
    Obsession with the Seahawks
    Continues apace

  19. 22yearsagotoday says: Dec 1, 2013 8:21 PM

    49er fan forever, but the Seahawks are currently in control of the division. Any head to head matchup is going to be a football fan’s dream!

  20. number1hawkfan says: Dec 1, 2013 8:28 PM

    Was gonna give the niners props for the win today because the rams match up well against them. First 2 comments are niners tools bashing the hawks. Can’t wait to beat the saints tomorrow in front of everyone on Monday night football. After that were gonna shut the trolls up in San Francisco!!! #kaeplooksscared

  21. adderal says: Dec 1, 2013 8:29 PM

    The Passing has showed up the last two weeks and the run disappears. I can’t wait to see what this teams looks like with all phases going, like next week would be good…. Looking forward to what should be a great game with Seattle and hoping Joe is ok. Luckily Boone at 6’7” is really more a tackle then a guard anyways.

  22. cursedvikings1998 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:31 PM

    Did anyone catch the irony of a completely bogus roughing the QB call which helped SF win this game?

    I guess the NFL and the zebras got tired of listening to the 49er fans whiiiiiiiiine.

  23. novoodoo4409 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:39 PM

    Saints > 40whiners…

    Saints > Seachicks

    Saints – SB champs…2dat….second Lombardi…fact…

    Sorry, Loosah NFC left coasters…

    Stay classy!

  24. bigcali4life says: Dec 1, 2013 8:39 PM

    Good win. You can see that Crabtree just being out there opened much more for Boldin and Davis.

    Also, pftpoet is a Vikings fan, not a 49ers fan. So don’t judge the fanbase off of what he said. Lol

  25. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 1, 2013 8:42 PM

    The Rams are a bad team that played particularly horribly today. Multiple dropped interceptions and the only passes that Clemons threw accurately were dropped. Add in the advantageous calls by the refs and the stupid play calling by the Rams and of course the 49ers win. I’m glad 9er fans are pumping their chests though. Beating a 5-7 team at home is surely impressive and something to brag about.

  26. sfniners4life says: Dec 1, 2013 8:45 PM

    Love to see the passing game open up more with the recent returns to crabs and manningham. Looking like the talented team we are and going be a scary team for the playoff. Hopefully staley injury isn’t serious cause the team was finally start to get heathly.

  27. Dogsweat says: Dec 1, 2013 8:59 PM

    Master Colin Tebow will destroy Seattle.

  28. natepalmer1 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:07 PM

    23-13 is hardly a beat down…the Rams are chokers this year, just like the 40whiners will choke when they lose to Wilson and the Seahawks a 3rd time…Haha…ya, the 40whiners think they’re tuff until they get on the field with the big bad dogs…

  29. benjaminlake says: Dec 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Aldon Smith leads the league in sacking trees. Meanwhile the Niners are winless against teams that currently qualify for the playoffs and only has beaten one team with a winning record all year.

  30. raiderapologist says: Dec 1, 2013 9:23 PM

    thepftpoet says: Dec 1, 2013 7:49 PM

    Alex Smith?

    The one who just lost to the Broncos at home?

    The one who lost 3 games in a row?

    The one that can’t throw 15 yards downfield and is a game manager at best?

    That Alex Smith?
    ————-
    I hate the Chiefs, but Smith threw some deep balls today that his receivers just wouldn’t touch. Don’t blame him.

  31. granadafan says: Dec 1, 2013 9:49 PM

    Great win by the Niners. Looks like they’re hitting their stride to make a big run in the playoffs.

  32. seahonky says: Dec 1, 2013 9:55 PM

    novoodoo4409 …. 49whiners? Sea chicks? And you’re pleading for us to “stay classy”? SMH

  33. bearshaterseverywhere says: Dec 1, 2013 9:55 PM

    Back to reality goofy rams fans….lol

  34. adderal says: Dec 1, 2013 10:00 PM

    natepalmer1 says:
    Dec 1, 2013 9:07 PM
    23-13 is hardly a beat down…the Rams are chokers this year, just like the 40whiners will choke when they lose to Wilson and the Seahawks a 3rd time…Haha…ya, the 40whiners think they’re tuff until they get on the field with the big bad dogs…

    Rams got there only TD with just 3 SF defensive starters still in the game. They havnt given up 7 in 10 quarters.
    If this doesn’t look like the team most capable to win on the road in January then your just not very bright

  35. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:15 PM

    Haven’t given up 7 in 10 quarters? Settle down. You’ve beaten the Redskins and Rams over that span. A whopping 8-15 combined record. Hardly a barometer for post season success.

  36. overdrawnagain says: Dec 1, 2013 10:18 PM

    Ram fan here and yes….this game was a beatdown. Some one is looking at the final score and making an assumption but this game was never close. A late TD against SF’s scrubs doesn’t count. At some point this team (rams) need to realize they just are good at this football thing. It’s time to move on to something else….selling cars, etc

  37. dedicatedhawkfan says: Dec 1, 2013 10:21 PM

    I was just going to read this article and move on because this article is not about my Seahawks and when I post on an article about my Seahawks, I make it about my Seahawks. Kinda sad that the first 2 posts are from SF fans and they are about the Seahawks. hateful or not, it is quite obvious you can’t stop thinking about them. Worried much?

  38. kingpel says: Dec 1, 2013 10:44 PM

    No excuses from this Ram fan. San Francisco handled us in the last Ram/Niner ever at Candlestick.
    .
    Its the Santa Clara 49ers versus the Saint Louis Rams from here on out. Just doesn’t sound right. Ha.

  39. rythestunner says: Dec 2, 2013 12:30 AM

    “49ers go to 10-2″

    You might want to edit your blunder on the headline on the front page. Not only are you off by a little, you’re off by A LOT.

  40. chicagotomahawk says: Dec 2, 2013 12:51 AM

    granadafan

    The Niners have won 5 sb’s and you all still don’t know how to act. Pathetic

  41. dirtyjersey9er says: Dec 2, 2013 7:07 AM

    “Its the Santa Clara 49ers versus the Saint Louis Rams from here on out. Just doesn’t sound right. Ha.”

    Not as odd as the Sunday Night game of the New Jersey Giants vs the Landover Redskins.

  42. beastmode5150 says: Dec 2, 2013 8:41 AM

    What’s great is after the Hawks beat the Saints tonight, we could lose at SF and while it would be annoying, it won’t matter. Carolina will at least split with Saints, hawks probably don’t lose Again (assuming SF beats Seattle as a home favorite) so hawks will be 1 seed.

  43. channer81 says: Dec 2, 2013 11:11 AM

    Rams fans can only look forward to watching whoever Wash. plays in the hopes of a higher pick. I say trade it and get another RG3 equivalent type deal and have multiple high draft picks till the end of the Obama administration. Be ready Rams fans, while Wash. is looking pretty bad giving up all those picks for Bob, how bad are you guys gonna look if nothing manifests from all those picks you squandered..

  44. adderal says: Dec 2, 2013 12:40 PM

    I think the rams are in good shape for the future. A lot of talent on defense, good coach who schemes well. Need a corner and Im not sure Bradford is the answer but I expect they will get better and be a force in the division.

    Looking forward to next week. Sea is 0-4 in Candlestick recently but obviously are the better team this year. Kap really needs to prove he can compete against this team as his first two trys have been terrible.

  45. jvibottomline says: Dec 2, 2013 5:23 PM

    Seattle fans really counting on that home field advantage as their way of beating the 49ers in the playoffs. Right now it looks like the NFC Championship may be San Francisco at Carolina

  46. moneyz3000 says: Dec 2, 2013 6:54 PM

    lets focus on niners play and not seahawks garbage. Great play from niners offense against STL. As usual the D looks amazing but still need to limit rush yards going forward. Cant wait till playoffs ! Two wildcards playing for NFC championship this year. Niners vs. Panthers baby!

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