Jim Harbaugh has told his 49ers that the story of their 2013 season is unique and unlike the tales of their playoff pushes the past two seasons. Harbaugh has told his players that they’re still writing this story.
A new chapter was closed on Sunday afternoon at The ‘Stick.
One year after going 0-1-1 in its annual matchups with St. Louis (5-7, 1-3), San Francisco (8-4, 3-1) has swept the teams' season series. The 49ers beat up on their divisional vistors, 23-13, and the postseason implications are worth considering even if it is the first day of December.
Thanks to losses by both the Arizona Cardinals (7-5, 0-3) and the Chicago Bears (6-6) this weekend, San Francisco strengthened its position for a Wild Card berth should the Seattle Seahawks (10-1, 3-0) maintain the top spot in the NFC West standings.
Seattle faces the playoffs-bound New Orleans Saints on “Monday Night Football” before coming to Candlestick Park in W
The 49ers had already beaten the Rams, 35-11, to snap a two-game skid in Week 4. The story of their Week 12 win is worth recapping as well.
Despite losing All-Pro left tackle
Counting his 24-yard conversion late in the third quarter, the 15th-year veteran has executed 16 straight three-point tries, pushing him past predecessor David Akers, among others, for the third-longest such streak in franchise history.
San Francisco scored its first touchdown when
Kaepernick was a model of efficiency, going 19-of-28 passing for 275 yards and a touchdown. His completions and yards represented single-game season highs, discounting his 27-completion, 412-yard Week 1 showing.
And Boldin was his favorite target despite the much anticipated return of
Kaepernick did find Crabtree, the team’s leading receiver in 2012, for a 60-yard catch-and-run late in the third quarter.
That gave the 49ers the ball at the Rams 20-yard line. Gore’s lost fumble there was quickly forgiven.
The Rams Kellen Clemens-led offense, which had been held to Greg Zeurlein’s 43-yard field goal with 54 seconds left in the first half and his 34-yarder less than five minutes into the second half, were forced to punt away the ensuing possession. It’s fake punt – a snap to up-man Matt Giordano, who had nowhere to go – was wildly unsuccessful, giving Kaepernick and Co. the ball back 17 yards from the goal-line.
On the very first play, Kaepernick rolled to his right and found tight end
Crabtree finished his first game back from rehabbing his torn Achilles with two receptions and 68 yards overall.
Rogers and the 49ers defense hadn't allowed an offensive touchdown since Week 11 at New Orleans.