San Francisco dominated St. Louis in the second quarter to get an easy victory over the Rams. Both teams were looking for their third win of the season but turnovers proved to be the key to deciding this game.
49ers QB Shaun Hill in his second game with the team this year, threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, making 15 of 20 attempts. Hill had no interceptions. Rams QB Marc Bulger had 295 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
The game did not start out looking good for the 49ers or RB Frank Gore who fumbled the ball after running 37 yards on the second play of their first possession. But St. Louis could not capitalize on the turnover and ending up punting.
A 29-yard return by Allen Rossum put the 49ers just 12 yards back from the start of Gore’s run. Gore had his revenge with a five yard run up the middle just a few plays later for his first touchdown. St. Louis then had a long drive that ate up over eight minutes but only produced a 24-yard field goal.
The 49ers then made a couple of big plays, including a 20 catch by WR Isaac Bruce and a 42-yarder by WR Bryant Johnson to set up a two-yard touchdown pass to TE Vernon Davis. On St. Louis’ next possession, Bulger fumbled at his 19 and the ball was recovered by LB Parys Haralson. Four rushing plays later and Gore was in the end zone for his second touchdown midway through the second quarter.
Bulger then threw a deep pass which was intercepted and returned to the San Francisco 40. A couple of deep passes to WR Jason Hill for 22 yards and to RB DeShaun Foster for 31 yards put the 49ers at the 1 and leaving Shaun Hill to run in for the touchdown making the score 28 to 3 with three and a half minutes left in the first half.
Four plays later, Bulger was intercepted again, this time by LB Nate Clements who returned it 13 yards. A deep pass to RB Marcus Robinson inside the last minute of the half for 36 yards put the 49ers on the one yard line again. Bryant Johnson then took a 2 yard pass in for the final score of the first half with 37 seconds left.
St. Louis buckled down in the second half, not allowing San Francisco to score again, but the damage had already been done. The Rams were able to hit two field goals in the third quarter: one from 48 and one from 44 yards. With two minutes left in the game, the Rams finally scored a touchdown of their own with a two-yard pass to WR Dane Looker. The 49ers on the other hand, struggled with penalties and short gains, getting to midfield only once.
Frank Gore had 106 rushing yards on 18 attempts and two touchdowns. San Francisco had five different receivers with receptions of over 20 yards with Bryant Johnson leading with 56 yards.
The 49ers were perfect from the red zone, scoring on all five trips. San Francisco’s defense also recorded four sacks.