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49ers vs. Rams: A Prospector's Guide

We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the 49ers Week 4 matchup with the St. Louis Rams. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the St. Louis Rams this Thursday for their fourth straight "national game" and their second prime-time game of the 2013 season. The historic rivals square off on Thursday Night Football, with each team looking to take the edge in the middle of the division, as well as in the all-time tally.

The 49ers and Rams are tied with the Arizona Cardinals at 1-2 in the NFC West. The two teams are also tied 62-62-3 in the all time series. It's crazy because they've each won 31 home games. The 49ers hold the edge in terms of one-time win streak of 17 games in the '90s, while the Rams ran off ten straight in the 1970s.

Heading into last season, the 49ers had regained a bit of an edge, winning seven of the previous eight games. However, in the 49ers best season since 1994, the Rams won at home and tied on the road. And considering the home win was a 16-13 overtime victory, it was about as evenly matched as you were going to get.

Anquan Boldin

  • In 13 career games against the Rams, has 83 receptions for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns
  • Has had six games with 100+ receiving yards, his highest total against any opponent
  • His 87.5 receiving yards per game average ranks third all-time in NFL history (minimum eight games)
  • Had six receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns at St. Louis (11/23/03)
  • Had eight receptions for 119 yards vs. St. Louis (9/18/05)
  • Had eight receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown at St. Louis (11/20/05)
  • Had ten receptions for 129 yards at St. Louis (9/24/06)
  • Had eight receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown at St. Louis (11/22/09)
  • Had eight receptions for 116 yards vs. St. Louis (12/27/09)
NaVorro Bowman
  • Took down QB Kellen Clemsn for seven yard loss in fourth quarter when Rams were threatening to even score with 2:46 remaining at St. Louis (1/1/12)
Tramaine Brock
  • Late in fourth quarter vs. St. Louis (11/11/12), he stripped ball from Rams RB Isaiah Pead on a kickoff return, marking his first-career FF
Tarell Brown
  • Recorded two interceptions at St. Louis (1/1/12), for his first career 2-INT game. He intercepted RB Jerious Norwood in the second quarter for his first INT, followed by another pick in the fourth quarter off QB Kellen Clemens
Vernon Davis
  • Tied NFL record for touchdown receptions by a tight end (13) in a single season at St. Louis (1/3/10). Davis' career-long 73-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter tied Antonio Gates' 2004 record
Frank Gore
  • Ranks first in NFL history with 13 rushing touchdowns against St. Louis
  • In 13 games vs. St. Louis, he has rushed for 996 yards and 13 touchdowns on 234 carries, including posting four 100-yard games
  • His 13 rushing touchdowns vs. St. Louis are the most against any team in the NFL
  • Passed 49ers and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Perry (7,344) for most rushing yards in franchise history vs. St. Louis (12/4/11). Gore broke the record on a 2-yard run in the second quarter, and finished the day with 73 yards on 12 carries
Andy Lee
  • Notched a single-game career-high five punts downed inside the 20-yard line vs. St. Louis (10/4/09)
  • Boomed five punts for 284 yards (56.8 average), including a net of 51.4 and two punts down inside the 20-yard line at St. Louis (1/1/12)
Ray McDonald
  • Recorded first career fumble recovery and returned it 11 yards to the end zone for his first career touchdown vs. St. Louis (10/4/09)
  • Registered first career forced fumble after taking down Rams QB A.J. Feeley vs. St. Louis (12/4/11)
Justin Smith
  • Notched a career-high 3.5 sacks on QB Keith Null at St. Louis in 2009 season finale (1/3/10)
Donte Whitner
  • As member of the Buffalo Bills, recorded his first career sack at St. Louis (9/28/08)
Kyle Williams
  • Caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from QB Alex Smith in the fourth quarter at St. Louis (12/4/11). Finished with two receptions for career-high 66 yards, one touchdown and one rush for 25 yards
Patrick Willis
  • While wearing a cast on his hand, registered a sack and forced fumble at St. Louis (12/26/10), taking down QB Sam Bradford
  • Recorded second career INT return for a touchdown, returning a Kyle Boller pass 23 yards for a score, while posting a career-high 2.5 sacks to go along with 11 tackles vs. St. Louis (10/4/09). He became the first player in franchise history, and just the third player in the NFL since the sack became an official statistic in 1982, to tally at least 2.5 sacks and an INT return for a TD in the same game.

Series HighlightsMatchups: 127
Series Record: Series tied 62-62-3
49ers Away Record vs. Rams: Series tied 31-31-1
First Meeting: 10/1/50, Rams win 35-14, at SF
Last Meeting: 12/2/12, Rams win 16-13 (OT), at StL
Current Streak: Lost 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 17 (12/17/90-12/27/98)
Longest Rams Win Streak: 10 (11/29/70-9/28/75)
Most 49ers Points: 48 (12/27/87): 49ers win 48-0, at SF
Most Rams Points: 56 (11/9/58): Rams win 56-7, at LA
49ers Shutouts: 8 (Last 12/4/11), 49ers win 26-0, at SF
Rams Shutouts: None

2013 Statistics

49ERS (rank) RAMS (rank)
1-2 (t-2nd NFCW) Record 1-2 (t-2nd NFCW)
14.7 (29th) Points per game 19.3 (23rd)
318.3 (27th) Total Offense 339.7 (18th)
101.7 (18th) Rushing Offense 57.0 (29th)
216.7 (23rd) Passing Offense 282.7 (8th)
28:29 (22nd) Possession Avg 28:17 (24th)
28.0 (25th) Points allowed/gm 28.7 (t-26th)
337.0 (13th) Total Defense 393.0 (26th)
138.0 (29th) Rushing Defense 105.0 (17th)
199.0 (9th) Passing Defense 288.0 (23rd)
7 (t-18th) Sacks 7 (t-18th)
46.1 (17th) Punting Avg (Gross) 48.8 (t-4th)
-4 (29th) Turnover Differential -1 (t-19th)