Final

49ers 28

(8-8, 2-6 away)

Rams 6

(1-15, 0-8 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, January 3, 2010

Edward Jones Dome, Saint Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 0 0 7 2128
STL 0 3 0 36

Top Performers

Passing: A. Smith (SF) - 222 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: F. Gore (SF) - 23 CAR, 107 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: V. Davis (SF) - 6 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Tight end Davis matches TD mark as 49ers end losing-season streak

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- The San Francisco 49ers finished strong, scoring three touchdowns in the final 7 1/2 minutes. The St. Louis Rams bowed out with a performance worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.

Vernon Davis tied the NFL record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with his 13th of the season, sparking the 49ers' late surge in a 28-6 victory on Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The 49ers won their final two games for the second straight season, finishing 8-8. It's San Francisco's first non-losing season since going 10-6 in 2002.

• Vernon Davis caught a 73-yard TD (longest catch of his career), his 13th of the season -- tying Antonio Gates (2004) for the most TD receptions in a season by a tight end.

• The Rams finished 1-15 and are 6-42 over the last 3 seasons (3-13 in 2007, 2-14 in 2008).

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"Well, my number was called and coach told me if there was a DB out there, do what you do best and just run by him," Davis said. "That's what I did, I just ran as fast as I could."

Frank Gore added 107 yards rushing on 23 carries and two TDs for the 49ers (8-8), who pulled away after a desultory first half in which they mustered only 52 yards and trailed 3-0.

"This is not the style of game we wanted to have," coach Mike Singletary said. "This is not the way we wanted it to go. I'm thankful we were able to come out of this game, get the heck out here, get the heck out of St. Louis with a win."

San Francisco ended a string of six consecutive losing seasons, halted a six-game road losing streak and finished 5-1 against the NFC West. The Rams (1-15) wrapped up their first winless home schedule since going 0-6 in 1959 and only the third in franchise history.

The Rams needed a loss in the finale to secure the No. 1 pick for the first time since 1997, when they traded up to get seven-time Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Pace. Their puny offense filled the bill with 109 yards total offense, fifth-worst in franchise history and lowest since they had 105 yards on Sept. 8, 1996, at San Francisco.

Steven Jackson had 63 yards rushing on 20 carries for the Rams, whose biggest play was a 56-yard punt return by Danny Amendola to the San Francisco 19 that led to a field goal that cut the 49ers' lead to 7-6 with 9:11 to go.

"We have a lot of things that need to get turned around," Jackson said. "Something has to turn."

It's the first No. 1 overall pick they earned since taking Oregon State quarterback Terry Baker, the Heisman Trophy winner the previous season in 1963. So there'll be some excitement as the rebuilding continues in the offseason for the Rams, who picked second overall the previous two seasons and are 6-42 the past three seasons.

"I'm not going to deny that one," coach Steve Spagnuolo said.

The 49ers held an opponent to 10 or fewer points for the seventh time behind a season-high eight sacks including 3 1/2 by Justin Smith, who entered the game with 2 1/2 sacks.

Rams rookie quarterback Keith Null was 7 for 17 for 57 yards and absorbed five of the sacks before sustaining a possible concussion in the third quarter. Spagnuolo said wide receiver Donnie Avery sustained a concussion and said Null "was fuzzy as well," but added, "I don't know if they used the term concussion."

Davis tied the mark set by Antonio Gates last season with the longest catch of his career, getting behind the defense on a 73-yard reception from Alex Smith that put the 49ers ahead 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter.

Gore had four 100-yard games in the last five games, and five overall.

For much of the game, the punters dominated. The Rams' Donnie Jones punted a season-high 11 times for a 50.1-yard average while Andy Lee tied his season high with nine punts for a 46.7-yard average.

The Rams were blacked out on local television for the third straight game and attendance at those games are the three lowest since the franchise relocated to the Midwest in 1995.

Paid attendance of 47,965 was the best of the three, likely boosted on "fan appreciation day" that featured multiple giveaways of flat-screen TVs, game-worn jerseys and Super Bowl tickets along with greatly reduced prices for concessions and team store merchandise.

Josh Brown's 54-yard field goal in the second quarter, a yard off his season best, was the only scoring in the first half. Brown was wide left on a 45-yard attempt to end the half after the Rams declined to use any of their timeouts.

The Rams ran out of offensive guards when rookie Roger Allen III, making his first career start after being undrafted out of Division II Missouri Western, injured his left knee in the second quarter. The flip card listed Mark Setterstrom, out for the season with a left triceps injury that will require surgery, as the backup at two positions, while starting tackle Adam Goldberg was listed as the backup at two positions.

Game notes


The 49ers allowed only eight sacks the last six games, including two in the finale. ... Rams DE Chris Long was ejected late in the fourth quarter after a head butt. ... 49ers wide receiver Isaac Bruce got a ceremonial start in what likely was his final NFL game in the city where he was a four-time Pro Bowler. Bruce played one snap, jumped and bumped with a teammate and then spent the rest of the game watching from the sideline.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SF
STL
1st Downs166
Passing 1st downs
84
Rushing 1st downs
72
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
4-152-18
4th down efficiency
0-11-2
Total Plays6362
Total Yards329109
Yards per play5.21.8
Total Drives1515
Passing20422
Comp-Att
17-2811-28
Yards per pass
6.60.6
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-188-58
Rushing12587
Rushing Attempts
3226
Yards per rush
3.93.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-30-1
Penalties6-407-50
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession33:0826:52

Passing Leaders

SFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith17/282227.9103-18
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Null7/17573.4005-32
Boller4/11232.1003-26

Rushing Leaders

SFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gore231074.7234
Coffee2126.009
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson20633.2013
Boller11313.0013

Receiving Leaders

SFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis68914.8173
Crabtree35819.3038
STLRECYDSAVGTDLG
Avery22311.5020
Amendola3186.009

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSFSTL
stlFG4:05Josh Brown 54 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 29 yds, 1:57
03
THIRD QUARTERSFSTL
sfTD8:01Moran Norris 1 Yard Run (Shane Andrus Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 83 yds, 4:03
73
FOURTH QUARTERSFSTL
stlFG9:18Josh Brown 29 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yds, 2:06
76
sfTD7:41Vernon Davis 73 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Shane Andrus Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 82 yds, 1:42
146
sfTD4:10Frank Gore 3 Yard Run (Shane Andrus Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 51 yds, 2:14
216
sfTD2:22Frank Gore 6 Yard Run (Shane Andrus Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 27 yds, 0:26
286