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49ers Roar Back 31-17 on Rams After 14 Point Deficit On MNF

Sporting their throwback uniforms from 2003, the St. Louis Rams were certainly resembling “The Greatest Show On Turf” when they jumped up on the San Francisco 49ers 14-0 in the first quarter on Monday Night Football. Unfortunately for the fans at Edward Jones Dome, they were unable to sustain their hot start and the 49ers were able to come roaring back for a 31-17 win.

Colin Kaepernick had one of his best games on the season, going 22/36 for 343 yards. He also threw 3 touchdowns, while avoiding any interceptions or sacks on the evening.

For the Rams, Austin Davis looked incredibly impressive early in the start. He was able to lead an 80-yard drive that ate up seven minutes off the clock the first time the Rams had the ball, and he followed it up with another 55-yard drive that was capped by a 22-yard pass to Lance Kendricks. However, once the 49ers defense became accustomed to Davis’ style of play, they were able to shut him down the rest of the game and they failed to find the end zone in the final three quarters.

The 49ers got on the board in the second quarter after Phil Dawson nailed a 54-yard field goal, and Brandon Lloyd took an 80-yard reception to the house with just 14 second remaining in the half. The Rams still had the 14-10 lead at halftime, but the momentum of the game was obviously changing.

Kaepernick would throw another touchdown just five minutes into the third quarter, this time to Anquan Boldin, as the 49ers finally had their first lead of the game. With time winding down in the quarter, Kaepernick would find Michael Crabtree for a 32-yard touchdown and the entire stadium went silent as it looked like this one was in the books.

With just over 2:30 left to play, the Rams would mount a 46-yard drive that was capped by a 38-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein to bring the game within a touchdown. As it looked like the Rams were mounting a comeback in the final minutes, Davis then threw an interception that was returned by Dontae Johnson with just under a minute left. The interception was Davis’ fourth of the season, and the third that was returned for a score by the opposing defense.

The win is huge for the 49ers, as they have now taken sole position of second place in the NFC West after Seattle lost this weekend. They are still one game behind Arizona, but it keeps them right where they need to be if they plan to advance from one of the toughest divisions in the league.

As for the team that’s at the bottom of the NFC West, that would be St. Louis. The Rams have now lost three in a row, but you have to give credit for how well they’ve been performing with Davis in the backfield. Three weeks ago the Rams lost to Dallas by just a field goal and last week they lost by just 6 to Philadelphia. The Cowboys and Eagles are both 5-1, so that’s certainly a positive note for a Rams team that is now 1-4.

The Rams have the 7th most passing yards in the league at 283 per game, as well as the best pass defense at just 193 yards allowed. Next weekend things won’t get any easier, as they will welcome a Seattle team that you can bet is going to be angry after their loss this weekend. You can check back with sportspicks.com handicappers for insider information into this game and everything else in Week 7 of the NFL season.

As for the 49ers, they’ll play another primetime game, this time against Denver on Sunday. The Broncos are currently 4-1, and they are the only team that the NFC West leading Cardinals have lost to.

With Week 6 completed, attention will now shift to Foxborough, where the Patriots will host the Jets on Thursday night.