The San Francisco 49ers played sloppy football at the beginning of Thursday’s game.
However, by the end, the team shook off the monkey on its back.
The 49ers bested the St. Louis Rams 35-11, dominating in prime time after a brutal beating just four days earlier. The 49ers were on the other end of the spectrum this time, as they shut down Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and received a great effort from the running game.
Frank Gore, Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter all scored, and Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdowns as well. He wasn’t dominant, but for a change, he was solid.
Gore ran for 153 yards on 20 carries, scoring on a 34-yard run as well. Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin caught touchdown passes, with Boldin’s jumpstarting the 49ers offense.
Boldin’s catch, which came on 3rd and 19, preceded an interception by Donte Whitner, which set up Gore’s touchdown. The 49ers harassed and battered Bradford all night, and they forced him to fumble in the fourth quarter.
Bradford did hook up with Lance Kendricks for a fourth-quarter touchdown, but it was too little and too late. Hunter put the game away with his touchdown scamper, which made the score 35-11.
On defense, the 49ers were dominant. NaVorro Bowman registered two sacks and three tackles for loss, and Ahmad Brooks delivered with 1.5 sacks. The 49ers sacked Bradford five times on the night.
Both teams have extra time to prepare, and for the first time in 18 days, the 49ers can start their preparation on a good note. They can get back to a winning record next week, when they will face the Houston Texans.