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49ers win over Rams was not pretty, but we'll take it

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The San Francisco 49ers are on their way back to the Bay Area following Monday's win over the St. Louis Rams. The team improved to 4-2 with the victory, capped off by Dontae Johnson's pick six to secure it. It was not a pretty game, as the 49ers dropped behind 14-0. They bounced back with a 31-3 run, but even amidst that, the team suffered injuries that will likely impact them this coming weekend against the Denver Broncos.

It is a pain to deal with the injuries, but nonetheless, the 49ers walk away with a victory. In light of the Seahawks loss on Sunday, as well as Arizona continuing to truck along, it was an important win. The team has shown what kind of depth they have, particularly on defense.

They'll need every ounce of that depth when they travel to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are 6-point favorites in a game that will require a strong follow-up pass rush effort. The 49ers had their best pass rush performance of the season, with 5 sacks of Austin Davis. The secondary put up another big effort, and they will get to see where they stand against the best in the business.

We'll worry more about the challenges Denver presents in the coming days, but until then, I actually am looking forward to the matchup. I think the 49ers can win the game, but I would argue the 49ers are playing with house money heading into this game. We want the 49ers to win every game they can, but I don't think anybody outside of 49ers fans expects them to go in and bring home a W potentially without Patrick Willis in the lineup. Of course, backs against the wall, "use vs. the world" is how Jim Harbaugh likes it, so maybe he can do something with that.

The coaching staff faces a huge challenge on this short week, but I'm excited to see what they come up with between now and Sunday Night Football.

With The Win...

  • Head coach Jim Harbaugh improved his record to 40-13-1. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Harbaughbecame the seventh coach to have won at least 75 pct. of his games at time of 40th career win. The last to do so was George Seifert.

Coach

Record

Win Pct.

Date of 40th Victory

George Halas

40-8-7

0.833

11/9/24

Guy Chamberlin

40-8-4

0.833

12/13/25

Paul Brown

40-7

0.851

12/6/53

George Allen

40-10-3

0.800

11/30/69

Chuck Knox

40-9-1

0.810

10/31/76

George Seifert

40-11

0.784

9/20/92

Jim Harbaugh

40-13-1

0.750

10/13/14

  • The 49ers improved to 19-8 on the road in the regular season under Harbaugh.
  • The 49ers improved to 65-62-3 against St. Louis all-time.
  • The 49ers improved to 5-1-1 against the Rams under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
  • The 49ers improved to 14-5-1 against the NFC West since 2011.
  • The 49ers improved to 29-11-1 vs. the NFC since 2011.
  • The 49ers improved to 13-1 in the month of October since 2011.
  • The 49ers won their 46th game on Monday Night Football, the most among all teams in the NFL since it debuted in 1970.
  • The 49ers improved to 18-1 when QB Colin Kaepernick records a passer rating of 90.0 or higher.
  • QB Colin Kaepernick became the first QB in franchise history to win each of his first four starts on Monday Night Football.

Big Lights, Big Night

  • QB Colin Kaepernick completed 22 of 36 atts. for 343 yds., 3 TDs, 0 INTs and a QB rating of 120.5. In four career starts on Monday Night Football, Kaepernick has posted a 4-0 record.
  • This marks Kaepernick's 4th game with 3-or-more TD passes [4 TDs at NE (12/16/12); 3 TDs vs. GB (9/8/13); 3 TDs at Was. (11/25/13)] and his 3rd career 300-yd. game [412 vs. GB (9/8/13); 310 at Arz. (12/29/13)].
  • It marks the 2nd time in Kaepernick's career that he had two TD passes of 30+ yds. in a single game [35 - Vernon Davis; 61 - Vernon Davis vs. Arz. (10/13/13)]

Kap's Streak Rolls On

  • QB Colin Kaepernick has now thrown a TD pass in 13 straight games, tying QB John Brodie (12/29/70 - 11/14/71) for the 3rd longest streak in franchise history [Steve Young - 17: (10/9/94 - 10/15/95); Jeff Garcia - 15: (12/3/00 - 12/2/01)].

Going Long

  • QB Colin Kaepernick hooked up with WR Brandon Lloyd on an 80-yd. TD pass. It marked the longest pass in Kaepernick's career. His previous long was a 64-yd. TD pass to TE Vernon Davis vs. Hou. (10/6/13). For Lloyd, it marked the 2nd-longest reception of his career and his longest since 2005 [89-yd TD vs. Dal (9/25)].
  • This marked this first pass play of 80-or-more yds. by the 49ers since Lloyd's 89-yd TD recept. from QB Tim Rattay vs. Dal (9/25/05).

The Man On Monday Nights

  • WR Anquan Boldin hauled in an 11-yd. TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick. Boldin has now recorded a TD in five straight games on ESPN's Monday Night Football. His 10 career TDs on Monday Night Football are the most among active players.
  • Boldin finished the day with a game-high 7 recepts. for 94 yds. and 1 TD.

Crab Hauls In Another

  • WR Michael Crabtree hauled in his 3rd TD of the season, 25th of his career, on a 32-yd. TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick.

Long Distance Provider

  • K Phil Dawson connected on a 54-yd. FG, marking his 4th FG from 50-plus yds. this season.
  • For his career, Dawson has hit 72.7 pct. (32 of 44) of his FGAs from 50-plus yds., the 2nd-highest percentage in NFL history (min. 20 FGs made) [K Matt Prater - 75.9 pct. (22 of 29)].

Pick Six For Johnson

  • CB Dontae Johnson picked off Rams QB Austin Davis late in the 4th qtr. and returned it 20 yds. for a TD, sealing the victory. This marked Johnson's first career INT and TD.
  • Johnson became only the 7th rookie in franchise history to accomplish that feat, and first since CB Jason Webster in 2000 [70 yds. vs. Atl. (11/19/00)].

Bring ‘Em Down

  • The 49ers defense registered 5.0 sacks on Rams QB Austin Davis, the most by the team since 11/25/13 at Was. (6.0 sacks).
  • LB Dan Skuta registered 2.0 sacks and 1 FF on Rams QB Austin Davis, marking his first career multi-sack game. It also marked his 2nd FF of the season and 4th of his career.
  • LB Ahmad Brooks tallied 2.0 sacks of Davis. This marks his 6th career game with at least 2.0 sacks and first since 11/25/13 at Was. (2.0 sacks).
  • S Antoine Bethea notched his first sack as a member of the 49ers, bringing down Davis. He now has 4.5 career sacks.