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Live Updates: San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams

San Francisco and Los Angeles have a long history, going back to 1950. Here are photos from the 49ers home games.

The San Francisco will close their season with a Week 17 home game against the St. Louis Rams. Follow along here for all the updates throughout the NFC West clash.

Pregame Report

Jimmie Ward will start at safety for the first time this season as Jaquiski Tartt is inactive for Sunday's game. Ward played safety in college at Northern Illinois but has primarily seen time at nickel corner for the 49ers. Ward has one pick-six this season as well as a sack and 44 total tackles.

Tony Jerod-Eddie also enters the starting lineup for the first this year in place of the injured Quinton Dial. The fifth-year defensive lineman has 12 tackles and four passes defended in 2015.

Erik Pears and Trent Brown will start at right guard and right tackle, respectively, for the second straight game.

For the Rams, potential Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley is inactive due to injury. Second-year ball-carrier Tre Mason will start in his place.

49ers full list of inactives: Tartt, Dial, DeAndrew White, Brandon Thomas, Marcus Martin, Je'Ron Hamm and Corey Lemonier.

Rams full list of inactives: Gurley, Lewis Trinca-Pasat, Andrew Donnal, Brian Folkerts, Isaiah Battle and Troy Hill and Sean Mannion.

First Quarter

San Francisco won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half, giving the Rams possession to start the game.

After an initial first down, the 49ers put the clamps on St. Louis' first drive. NaVorro Bowman tackled Mason for a loss and forced a fumble. The Rams recovered the loose ball but not before a loss of seven yards. A short completion and incompete pass on third down forced the first punt of the day.

The 49ers went three-and-out on their first possession. St. Louis followed with the first big play of the game. Case Keenum hit a streaking Kenny Britt up the right seam for a gain of 54 yards. Versitile receiver Tavon Austin made a few 49ers miss on the next play and took a carry for 13 yards. St. Louis was forced to settle for a field-goal attempt after a third-down pass intended for Wes Wekler fell incomplete.

Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was good from 33-yard out to give St. Louis a 3-0 lead. (8:11)

A career long 13-yard run for Mike Davis was all the 49ers could muster on their next drive before punting it back to St. Louis.

A Bowman third-down stop gave Blaine Gabbert and Co. the ball back nearing the end of the first quarter.

San Francisco put together back-to-back first downs. The second came on a conversion of 3rd-and-12, a screen pass to DuJuan Harris that the running back broke a few tackles and took for 31 yards.

Second Quarter

The 49ers found the end zone on the first play of the second quarter.

On 2nd-and-11, Gabbert passed to the left and hit Anquan Boldin for a 33-yard touchdown to put the 49ers up 7-3. (14:52)

Boldin broke a tackle while making the reception near the 10-yard line and walked into the end zone from there. The touchdown marked Boldin's fourth of the season and Gabbert's 10th passing touchdown.

The Rams tried to get tricky on their next drive. Famous for trying fake punts, St. Louis went for another. Punter Johnny Hekker took a snap from the 49ers 37-yard line and sent a deep pass down the right sideline intended for Bradley Marquez. Bruce Ellington broke up the pass to give San Francisco the ball with great field position.

Harris followed with his second explosive play of the game. This time the running back took a third-down carry for 47 yards to the Rams 9-yard line. San Francisco couldn't find the end zone which brought Dawson into the game.

Dawson was true from 26 yards out to extend San Francisco's lead to 10-7. (9:08)

Aided by a 15-yard personal foul, St. Louis got back into scoring range. A huge hit from Eric Reid broke up a third-down pass intended for Brian Quick.

Zuerlein was good from 32-yards out to make the score 10-6, 49ers. (2:43)

It was San Francisco's turn to benefit from a 15-yard penalty before the end of the half. A 4-yard run and 7-yard catch for Davis got the 49ers accross midfield and into Rams territory. Unfortunately, Gabbert threw an interception on the next play that the Rams returned to the 49ers 3-yard line.

Aaron Donald tipped a screen pass intended for Davis and batted it straight to his teammate Eugene Sims. Sims made the pick and nearly ran it back for a touchdown.

Tre Mason finished what the defense started and scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Rams up 13-10. (1:31)

St. Louis added another score before the half following a 49ers three-and-out. Benny Cunningham set up Zuerlein's third field-goal attempt of the half with a 40-yard run to San Francisco's 26-yard line.

Zuerlein was good from 44 yards out to extend the Rams lead to 16-10 at the half. (0:09)

Third quarter

The 49ers got the ball to begin the second half and got a quick third-down conversion on a 10-yard pass to Garrett Celek. Two plays later, Gabbert hit Ellington for a 44-yard gain. On the long connection, Ellington beat his man with a double move, hauled in a perfect pass from Gabbert and ran down all the way to the Rams 26-yard line. A Gabbert 9-yard run and third-down pass to Harris moved the chains once more.

Gabbert missed an open Torrey Smith in the right corner of the end zone which forced another field-goal attempt.

Dawson knocked down the 28-yard attempt to pull the 49ers within three, now down 16-13. (9:37)St. Louis methodically marched down the field on the ensuing drive. No play went for longer than 12 yards on a possession that ate up more than 8:00 of clock. Ultimately, Zuerlein missed a 52-yard field-goal attempt to keep the status quo.

Fourth quarter

A few drives later, two big plays got the 49ers into scoring position. Gabbert hit Smith up the left sideline for a gain of 31 yards. Two plays later, Harris took a quick pss to the right down the sideline for a 21-yard pickup.

Dawson knocked down his third fielg-goal attempt of the game from 38-yards out to tie the game at 16 points a piece. (4:28)

San Francisco got a stop to set up a possible game-winning drive with 2:45 left in the contest. Gabbert delivered one of the finest passes of his career on the drive. After eluding a sack and in the process of being brought down by another Rams defender, Gabbert somehow released a pass downfield that was caught by Boldin and taken for a 27-yard gain. The drive would ultimately stall and the 49ers opted to punt the ball back to St. Louis with under two minutes remaining.

The 49ers defense got a stop, took a few knees and we head to oooooooooooooooooovertime...


San Francisco won the toss and got possession first. A 24-yard gain to Vance McDonald up the left sideline got the 49ers near midfield before the 49ers stalled.

Bruce Miller unleashed a big hit on Rams punt-return man Tavon Austin at the 19-yard line where St. Louis would begin it's first drive in overtime. An 11-yard run for Mason and 18-yard pass to Britt moved the ball into 49ers territory. Cunningham moved the chains once again on a 13-yard reception as St. Louis inched into field-goal range.

Zuerlein's 48-yard attempt was blocked by Dontae Johnson to keep the 49ers alive and set up a next-score-wins scenario.

A roughing the passer penalty with under five minutes left in the game got San Francisco near midfield. Gabbert followed with a 15-yard pass to Smith into Rams territory. A quick pass to the right to Quinton Patton turned into a 33-yard gain to the Rams 5-yard line.

Dawson came on the field immediately and drilled a 23-yard field goal to give the 49ers the 19-16 win to close the season.

The 49ers finish the year with a 5-11 record while the Rams finish 7-9.

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