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Rams Fall to 5-7 With Road Loss to 49ers

Posted Dec 1, 2013

On the heels of a pair of convincing victories over the past three weeks, the Rams traveled to San Francisco in search of making amends for an early-season home loss to the 49ers. Instead, the Rams saw their two-game winning streak come to a halt in a 23-13 loss in their final visit to San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

The loss came despite a much improved showing against the run. After allowing RB Frank Gore a season-high 153 yards rushing in the two teams’ first meeting, Gore was held to just 42 yards on 15 carries on Sunday.

The 49ers, however, gained significant production from QB Colin Kaepernick, who completed 19 of 28 passes for 275 yards and a touchdown without an interception. He also extended drives with his legs, finishing with 21 yards rushing on four carries.

“Credit to their defense and credit to the quarterback,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said following Sunday’s loss. “He did a nice job extending plays.”

After initially falling in a 13-0 hole, the Rams countered with a 43-yard, Greg Zuerlein field goal on their final drive of the first half. Following a three-and-out 49ers possession to open the third quarter, Zuerlein booted a 34-yard field goal to bring the Rams within a single possession. The Rams would be unable to narrow the score further.

In what marked one of the Rams’ final opportunities to rally in the fourth quarter, Fisher called upon a fake punt. Unlike a pair of successful fakes in the two teams’ previous meeting at Candlestick, a 24-24 tie last season, this one was thwarted, setting up the final 49ers score.

“Sometimes we take chances and sometimes it doesn’t work,” Fisher said.

The Rams were hampered early by penalties, which prolonged a pair of early 49ers scoring drives. In all, the Rams were penalized 11 times for 105 yards.

RB Zac Stacy led the Rams with 72 yards on 19 carries to push his season rushing total to 696 yards, surpassing Steven Jackson for the most rushing yards by a Rams rookie since the franchise moved to St. Louis in 1995.

QB Kellen Clemens completed 19 of 37 passes for one touchdown and one interception, with much of his production coming on the Rams’ final possession of the day, a 10-play, 92-yard scoring drive capped by a 3-yard touchdown reception by WR Brian Quick.

The loss dropped the Rams to 5-7, including a 1-3 mark against NFC West opponents.

Game Notes:

-Greg Zuerlein connected on both of his field goal attempts, and is now 19 for 21 on the season.

-Prior to Carlos Rogers’ fourth-quarter interception, Clemens had not been intercepted since Week 8 in Seattle.

-DT Michael Brockers accounted for two of the Rams’ four sacks on Sunday, marking the second multi-sack game of the season for Brockers, and the fourth of his career.