=== Gore, 49ers cruise past Rams ===
 St.  Louis,  MO (Sports Network)  - Colin  Kaepernick had two touchdown passes
 while Frank Gore ran for a score, as the San Francisco 49ers dominated the St.
 Louis Rams, 35-11, in an NFC West battle on Thursday.
 Coming  into the game having dropped their past two, the 49ers (2-2) needed  a
 win in a big way and turned to their veterans in this divisional struggle.
 Kaepernick  finished the game 15-for-23 for 167 yards with the pair of scores,
 and  Anquan Boldin  caught five passes for  90 yards and a score. Gore totaled
 153 yards on 20 carries.
 "We  had  to get back on  track and that's playing smash-mouth football," said
 Gore. "The o-line did a fantastic job tonight."
 Gore  and  Kaepernick both  lost a  fumble, but Vernon  Davis returned to play
 after  sitting  out last week  with a hamstring  injury and posted two catches
 for 18 yards and a score.
 Kendall  Hunter and Anthony Dixon each posted a touchdown on the ground in the
 fourth quarter with Gore on the bench.
 "I  thought everybody  did a  good  job," said  San Francisco  head coach  Jim
 Harbaugh.  "The energy  and toughness was there. It was good team defense, the
 coverage was tight and we got turnovers."
 Sam  Bradford  was  19-for-41  for  202  yards  with  one  touchdown  and  one
 interception  for the  Rams (1-3),  who have  dropped their  past three  after
 opening the season with a victory.
 "Obviously  as  a football team,  we have a lot  to work on considering what's
 happened  the last five  days," said St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher. "I have
 faith in this football team and we're going to get this fixed."
 After Phil Dawson missed a 53-yard attempt on San Francisco's first possession
 of the game, St. Louis took advantage of the short field to get on the board.
 The  first play  saw Brian Quick catch a  pass for 14 yards and a 15-yard face
 mask  call on San Fran put the ball at the 30-yard line. After an 8-yard catch
 from Jared Cook, the drive stalled there and a 40-yard field goal off the left
 post  and in from  Greg Zuerlein gave the team a 3-0 lead with 7:09 to play in
 the first quarter.
 The  Niners continued to struggle over their next two possessions, but finally
 got  things  together after  getting the  ball back  with 9:17  to play in the
 second quarter.
 Starting  at his  own 20, Gore took a  handoff on the first play for 27 yards.
 Facing  a 3rd-and-10,  Kaepernick went  deep down  the left  sideline and  hit
 Boldin for 42 yards down to the St. Louis 11. An unnecessary roughness penalty
 pushed  the  ball back  15 yards  and the  team later  faced a 3rd-and-19, but
 Kaepernick  found Boldin  open along the right sideline and he stretched it in
 on a 20-yard score for a 7-3 lead with 6:22 to play.
 St.  Louis got past  midfield on its ensuing touch, but Bradford went deep for
 Cook  and  the ball  was knocked  away by a  defender into  the hands of Donte
 Whitner for his first interception of the season.
 Kaepernick methodically drove his team down the field, helped by a 17-yard run
 from  Gore. The team had a pair of plays reversed on replays, one of which was
 initially  a 20-yard  catch from Boldin, and  the other a run by Gore that was
 called a first down, but reversed to set up a 4th-and-inches.
 The  49ers opted to go for it, and the move paid off as Gore took a handoff to
 the  right, found a  hole and raced into the end zone on a 34-yard score for a
 14-3 lead with just 37 seconds left in the half.
 The  Niners got the ball back one last time and tried a 71-yard free kick from
 Dawson on the last play of the half, but it fell wide and short.
 Following  an  exchange of punts  to start the second  half, the 49ers got the
 ball  back at  their own 12 and moved  down the field. On the 11th-play of the
 drive, Kaepernick lofted the ball into the left side of the end zone for a 12-
 yard score to Davis for a 21-3 lead with 8:49 to play in the third.
 The  score  stayed that way  until the fourth  quarter as Bradford fumbled the
 ball on a sack with the Niners recovering at the St. Louis 3. Two plays later,
 Dixon  punched the ball  in for a 1-yard score and a 28-3 advantage with 10:15
 St.  Louis got  its only  touchdown of  the game  after a  botched handoff  by
 Kaepernick  was recovered  by the  Rams  at the  49ers 24.  Four plays  later,
 Bradford  hit Lance Kendricks  in the end zone from six yards out for a score.
 Benjamin  Cunningham ran  in the ball for  the 2-point conversion and it was a
 28-11 game with 5:44 to play.
 San  Fran, though, came  right back down the field after the onsides kick went
 out of bounds, with Hunter running the ball in on a 29-yard score with 4:25 to
                                   Game Notes
 The  field goal was the first points in the first quarter for St. Louis in its
 past  10 games ... Dawson had made seven straight field goals from 50 yards or
 more  prior  to the miss  in the first quarter  ... The Rams host Jacksonville
 next  Sunday ...  The 49ers host the  Texans next Sunday ... San Francisco has
 won  eight  of the last 11 games against the  Rams, and now leads the all-time
 series  63-62-3 ... St.  Louis safety T.J. McDonald left the game in the third
 quarter  with a  right leg injury. He had  an air cast put on the game and was
 carted  off  the field  ... San  Francisco played  the game without linebacker
 Patrick  Willis  and cornerback  Nnamdi Asomugha,  both of  whom were out with
 groin and knee injuries, respectively.
 09/27 01:20:46 ET

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