Gore rushed for 153 yards on 20 carries, his first 100-yard game in 2013, and Bowman wreaked havoc in the opposing backfield to lead the 49ers to a 35-11 victory over the host Rams before a nationally-televised audience. The win snapped the visiting team's uncharacteristic two-game skid.
“It was get-back-on-track game,” Gore said.
San Francisco (2-2, 1-1) and St. Louis (1-3, 1-1) played 10 quarters in two games last season -- a November tie and a December Rams win -- but this one was decided in four – or before the fourth even started.
Wearing their home red jerseys on the road – the Rams chose to wear their whites – no player seemed to be more of a blur than Gore. The 49ers all-time leading rusher contributed runs of 17 yards, 27 yards, 17 yards and 34 yards. That was in the first half alone.
Cruising behind fullback
He wasn’t perfect. Gore fumbled on his first carry of 10-plus yards in the third quarter, when Rams linebacker Alex Ogletree knocked the ball loose from behind.
But the 49ers Bowman-led defense forced a three-and-out on the Rams ensuing position, setting up a 12-yard touchdown pass from
Davis (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice this week after missing the team’s Week 3 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He finished his first game back with two catches and 18 yards overall.
Gore was the face of the second quarter. His 27-yard scamper preceded a 42-yard pass-and-catch connection between Kaepernick and wideout
With less than seven minutes remaining before half during the same drive, Kaepernick found Boldin on an out route from the slot – Boldin beat Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan for a 20-yard touchdown, narrowly keeping his right heel in bounds before stretching for the goal line. That capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive.
"We wanted to have a good mix (of pass and run), and it takes that against a good team like the Rams," Jim Harbaugh said.
Boldin finished the night with 90 yards receiving and the score. His signal-caller, Kaepernick, was 15-of-23 for 167 yards passing and his two touchdown pass.
"He was really locked in and focused all week, made big plays," Harbaugh said of Kaepernick postgame. "'Kap' was seeing the field, delivering the ball and playing with great poise."
The explosiveness of San Francisco’s offense was reminiscent of its Week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers. That continued on the team’s next possession, which came off a turnover.
Then Gore got back to business. His second 17-yard run preceded a 4th-and-inches play from the Rams 33-yard line with less than a minute in the quarter in which he broke through a congested Rams front and went untouched 34 yards into the end zone. Left guard
This gave the 49ers a 14-3 advantage entering intermission. It could have been larger.
Gore’s 18-yard rush on the team’s opening drive of the game led to
San Francisco’s defense held up its end against the running game. St. Louis’ Daryl Richardson had just 16 yards on 12 carries.
Speaking of, since 2008 entering Thursday, the 49ers had yielded 86 yards per game on the ground, ranking first in the NFL over that five-year span.
A re-worked linebacker corps helped. Reserve
There was nothing re-worked about middle ‘backer
As for the fifth: Gore's backup,
The win didn't appear to come without consequences. Rookie wide receiver