49ers secure bye week, finish season 13-3

Jan 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers needed a victory to earn a first round bye in the playoffs and they got it. With their 34-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams, the 49ers finish the season with a 13-3 record, their best record since 1997. St. Louis falls to 2-14.

At the end, the game was more exciting than it needed to be. At one point with less than 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the 49ers had a 34-13 lead. That comfortable lead fell apart quickly after two quick Rams touchdowns brought them within a touchdown, but the 49ers were able to hold on for the win.

The victory means that the 49ers will have some time to rest and will not play in their first playoff game, a game that they will host against the strongest survivor of Wildcard Weekend, until the weekend of January 14.

Alex Smith passed for over 3,000 yards for the first time in his career completing 21 of 31 passes for 219 yards. Smith had a passing touchdown to Michael Crabtree and ran for another touchdown. Running back Frank Gore saw limited action as Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon combined for 97 rushing yards.

Due to injuries, the 49ers had receivers Michael Crabtree, who had 92 yards on nine receptions, and Brett Swain as their starters. Tight end Delanie Walker missed the game with a jaw injury and may miss the team's first playoff game as well.

Linebacker Patrick Willis played in his first game since injuring his hamstring on December 4.

The 49ers defense allowed their second rushing touchdown of the season, a run by Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Click here for NFL.com's complete Game Center statistics





More San Francisco 49ers News



Roster moves: D.J. Reed's season ends, Richie James taken off reserve/COVID-19 list, two activated, no 49ers opt out of season so far

By David Bonilla
Aug 3, 2020

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch announced a few roster moves before a Monday afternoon press conference conducted via Zoom. One was the decision to place safety D.J. Reed on the reserve/non-football injury list, effectively ending his season. The versatile defensive back suffered a torn pectoral muscle in June. "That's a tough one for us," Lynch told reporters. "The earliest we might have had D.J. back was early November. It's a four-to-six-month injury, so that's been an active conversation Kyle and myself and the medical folks have been having. Ultimately, too difficult to keep a roster spot for something that may go into December. So we made that

Read the Full Article


Unprecedented NFL season could provide opportunities for lesser-known 49ers players

By David Bonilla
Jul 22, 2020

Matt Barrows of The Athletic wrote a detailed feature sharing several examples of how the San Francisco 49ers are well-equipped to handle the unprecedented season ahead. It's a season that has already presented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will likely offer up many more, which haven't yet been considered. One of the themes throughout the article is how uncertainty may create opportunities for some of the 49ers' lesser-known players who, otherwise, might not make the roster or practice squad—names like Josh Hokit, the fullback from Fresno State. San Francisco might typically consider carrying two fullbacks

Read the Full Article


For third-straight year, Jimmy Garoppolo named as 49ers player who will have biggest impact on season

By David Bonilla
Jul 23, 2020

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo may have endured a lot of criticism this offseason — you know, if he listened to the outside noise. He doesn't. Garoppolo seems focused on doing what he needs to do to be ready for the 2020 season rather than dwell on February's Super Bowl collapse. "You haven't seen any crazy media lash-outs from him, or him be down on himself, or anything like that," fullback Kyle Juszczyk said in May. "It's just Jim. He comes to work every day, works his butt off, has the same demeanor every day. The outside noise, it truly doesn't seem to affect him." That's good because there is a lot of pressure on Garoppolo. He'll be

Read the Full Article

Featured

More Featured Stories

Trending News

More News
Share 49erswebzone