Monday, December 3, 2012
Silver linings: 49ers at Rams
By Mike Sando
The facts: The San Francisco 49ers fell to 8-3-1 with a 16-13 overtime road defeat to the St. Louis Rams.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Looking ahead: The 49ers are home against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14.
- Aldon Smith's sack gave him 17.5 for the season, tying Fred Dean's franchise single-season record for the sack era (since 1982). Smith also broke Reggie White's NFL record for most sacks over a player's first two seasons.
- Justin Smith's sack gave him 32.0 with the 49ers, tied for sixth-most in team history (again, since 1982, when sacks became an NFL stat).
- Frank Gore scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season. He has 49 for his career, moving him in position to tie Joe Perry and Roger Craig for most in team history. Perry and Craig had 50 apiece.
- Colin Kaepernick's 50-yard run helped him finish the game with 84 yards rushing, most for a 49ers quarterback in more than two decades. Steve Young had 102 yards against New Orleans in 1990.
- The 49ers' defense allowed only seven points. San Francisco allowed only 3.1 yards per rushing attempt.
- Receiver Michael Crabtree had the fifth 100-yard game of his career.
- The 49ers downed four of Andy Lee's six punts inside the 20.
- This was the 49ers' first defeat in 49 days.
- The 49ers converted 8 of 19 chances on third down, compared to 3 of 16 for the Rams. Kaepernick ran for 7 yards on a third-and-6. He completed passes for 7-yard gains on third-and-3 and third-and-4. He also completed passes for 30 yards (third-and-8) and 14 yards (third-and-11).