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               === Zuerlein's FG lifts Rams over 49ers in OT ===
 
 St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't a tie either.
 
 For the second time in three weeks, the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers
 battled past regulation in a hard-fought NFC West tussle.
 
 But  unlike  their Week 10 meeting,  Sunday's eerily similar tilt ended with a
 winner,  as  Greg Zuerlein connected  on a 54-yard  field goal with 26 seconds
 remaining in OT to give the Rams a 16-13 victory at Edward Jones Dome.
 
 Both  Zuerlein and  David Akers  missed  overtime-field goals  during a  17-17
 outcome three weeks ago. Akers was off the mark again in the rematch, narrowly
 pushing a 51-yard try wide right with 4:11 remaining in the extra session.
 
 The  Rams gained one first down after the miss, and on 4th-and-inches from the
 San  Francisco 37-yard line, Zuerlein answered the call to give the Rams their
 second straight win and the rookie's seventh make of 50-plus yards this year.
 
 St.  Louis (5-6-1)  remained unbeaten against division foes despite being held
 to  293 yards.  Steven  Jackson, one  week after  amassing  a season-high  139
 rushing  yards, was limited to 48  on 21 carries, while Sam Bradford completed
 26-of-39 passes for 221 yards.
 
 As  the  Rams sputtered on  offense, Janoris Jenkins came  up big on the other
 side  of  the ball. The rookie  cornerback, who returned two interceptions for
 TDs  in a  win over the Cardinals  last week, scored on a fumble recovery with
 3:04 to play in the fourth quarter.
 
 This  was  the first loss  for division-leading  San Francisco (8-3-1) since a
 26-3 thumping by the New York Giants on Oct. 14.
 
 Colin  Kaepernick,  in his third  game as starter  after Alex Smith suffered a
 concussion  against the  Rams, had  two costly  mistakes in  the setback.  The
 inexperienced  signal-caller was  whistled for a safety and lost a fumble that
 resulted in Jenkins' touchdown and the tying two-point conversion.
 
 "I  gave  up those points that  are on the  scoreboard for the Rams. It's 100-
 percent  my  fault," said Kaepernick.  "There were  plays that happened that I
 shouldn't have let happen."
 
 Kaepernick  threw for 208  yards on 21-of-32 throws and added 84 yards on nine
 carries, while Frank Gore ran for the only offensive touchdown of the game and
 finished with 58 yards on 23 carries.
 
 The 49ers could not hang on to their 10-2 lead late in the fourth quarter.
 
 On  3rd-and-3 from San Francisco's own 17-yard line, Kaepernick appeared to be
 running  an option to the left and was forced into a quick pitch by a charging
 Quintin  Mikell.  The toss sailed  high over the head  of Ted Ginn and bounced
 inside  the  five. Ginn did  not dive for the  loose ball, allowing Jenkins to
 swoop in for the recovery and the touchdown with 3:04 remaining.
 
 The  score  made it 10-8 before  the point-after, and the two-point conversion
 was  moved  back five yards  for a false start.  Nonetheless, the Rams tied it
 when  Lance  Kendricks ran a drag  across the field, caught Bradford's pass at
 the 2-yard line and carried Patrick Willis into the end zone.
 
 Kaepernick  shook  off the mistake and  sprinted down the right sideline for a
 50-yard  gain  down to the St.  Louis 14-yard line. A holding penalty hindered
 the drive, and Akers booted a go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 1:34 showing.
 
 The  Rams had enough  time to get into field goal range, thanks in part to two
 first-down  scrambles by  Bradford  and an  unnecessary  roughness penalty  on
 Dashon  Goldson.  Zuerlein, who missed  a 58-yard  try in overtime three weeks
 ago, was true from 53 yards out as time expired.
 
 In  overtime, both  teams punted on their initial possessions, and John Hekker
 shanked  a 14-yard punt to set San Francisco up at midfield midway through the
 extra session.
 
 An incomplete pass on 3rd-and-6 at the St. Louis 33 brought out Akers, and the
 veteran failed to connect.
 
 Chris Givens' 11th catch of the game was his biggest, moving the chains with a
 6-yard  grab on third down to reach the San Francisco 46. Jackson totaled nine
 yards on the next three runs, and Zuerlein ended it shortly thereafter.
 
 "We found a way to win," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "We're a young team
 that's starting to learn how to win tough games."
 
 The only fruitful drive of the opening half came in the first quarter when San
 Francisco  converted three third downs during its 11-play, 60-yard march. Gore
 ran  for 23 yards on the first play and ended it with a 1-yard plunge over the
 goal line.
 
 St. Louis crossed midfield for the first time with a minute to go in the half,
 but Zuerlein was wide right on a 58-yard try to keep it 7-0.
 
 The  Rams gained just  four first downs the entire opening half, then had four
 on their first possession after the break. They came away empty-handed though,
 as  Bradford's pass intended  for Austin Pettis in the right corner of the end
 zone was knocked away by Tarell Brown on 4th-and-1 from the 4-yard line.
 
 On  the  ensuing possession, with  the ball at  his own 17, Kaepernick dropped
 back  and was  chased  out  of the  pocket  and into  the  end  zone by  James
 Laurinaitis and Jenkins. Kaepernick's pass out-of-bounds was ruled to have not
 reached  the line  of scrimmage, resulting in an intentional grounding penalty
 in the end zone and a safety with 4:27 on the clock.
 
 The  Rams did  little on offense following the free kick, and Hekker's 55-yard
 punt  pinned  the Niners at their  own 1-yard line. Michael Crabtree's 22-yard
 catch  brought the  visitors out of the  shadow of their own end zone, and his
 30-yard grab moved the ball into enemy territory.
 
 The  drive stalled in the red zone, and Akers kicked a 23-yard field goal with
 8:43 remaining in the game.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 This  was the  first time since 2004  two teams played overtime games twice in
 the  same season. That  year, the 49ers beat the Cardinals twice in OT ... St.
 Louis is 4-0-1 against the NFC West ... Zuerlein has made 7-of-11 from 50-plus
 yards  this  season ... Givens had  92 receiving yards, while Crabtree led the
 49ers  with seven  catches  for  101 yards  ...  San  Francisco's Aldon  Smith
 recorded  a sack to match Fred Dean's single-season franchise record of 17 1/2
 sacks  ... San Francisco  was 7-1-1 in its previous nine meeting with the Rams
 ...  The  49ers host  the Miami Dolphins  next Sunday, while  the Rams head to
 Buffalo for a game against the Bills.
 
 
 12/02 18:31:19 ET

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