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Defense Paves the Way in a 35-0 Shutout of the Rams

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Once again the Niners took care of business Sunday, taking advantage of a bad Rams team at home to score a 35-0 shutout, putting them at 3-1 on the season. The defense and special teams had a great deal to do with the win, recovering a punt for a score in the second quarter of a scoreless game, and then Patrick Willis took back a pick 23 yards for a score, and then Ray McDonald also took a fumble back 11 yards for a score.

The 49’ers defense gave up just 177 total yards to the Rams, and held them to 5-for-16 on third downs. They also held Kyle Boller to just 108 yards with a pick, this while keeping Steven Jackson in check with just 79 yards on 23 carries. The defense again made sure that a lackluster day on offense wouldn’t cost them a win.

Shaun Hill threw for just 152 yards on 14-for-24 passing, but he did hit for 2 TD’s, and didn’t throw a pick, putting up a QB rating of 104.9. Glenn Coffee, playing for the injured Frank Gore, had 74 yards on 24 carries with a long of 17 yards.

“Any day you look up and see a goose egg it’s great,” Willis said. “We made a step today. People are going to say it’s only St. Louis. That doesn’t matter.”

“This is our house,” coach Mike Singletary quoted from his halftime message. “We want to set the tempo. We don’t want any team coming in here and setting the tempo. I felt like they were taking a fight to us.”

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