The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
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).
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).
Looking ahead: The 49ers are home against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14.