49ers Overcome Half-Time Deficit, Beat Rams 31-17

The San Francisco 49ers came from behind on the road to beat the St. Louis Rams 31-17 last night in Monday Night Football to win their third straight game.

The Rams were leading 14-3 late in the second quarter when tight end Jared Cook was called for offensive pass interference after a 21 yard pass from quarterback Austin Davis.  St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher says the call was what turned the game around.

“You know that’s a point swing.  We’re in field goal range.  We’ve got a good kicker and it might even be seven,” Fisher said. “And then we come back and we give up the long touchdown pass.  So it’s a big swing there, but it started with the OPI call.”

After that call and the half, San Francisco dominated, with the 49ers putting up 21 points to the Rams’ three in the last two quarters.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had his best game since Week 1, throwing for 343 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Coach Jim Harbaugh talks about his quarterback’s success.

“He had pin-point throws. He had throws where he laid it in there perfectly, got the step-up and got the check down. He kept the chains moving.” Harbaugh said. “I thought he was really on his game tonight.”

Kaepernick threw touchdowns to three different receivers; Brandon Lloyd, Anquan Boldin, and Michael Crabtree.  The quarterback credits his receiving corps with the great offensive showing.

“It’s very comforting for a quarterback. You look across the board, we have number one receivers and you really have to pick your poison of who you want to match up on.” Kaepernick said.

St. Louis had one last chance to keep itself in the game and tie it back up late in the fourth, but Dontae Johnson came up with a 20 yard pick-six  to seal the deal for the 49ers with 53 second to go.

Harbaugh was happy to see his team get the come-from-behind win.

“It was a hard tough win on the road…a division opponent. They really came after us.  We had some mistakes early, some adversity early,” Harbaugh said. “But our guys really showed championship character I thought. I’m proud of the way they stepped up.”

The Rams are now 0-3 at home this season.  They’ll look to get their first home win Sunday against the Seahawks.

The 49ers stay on the road to face the Denver Broncos Sunday night.

To hear audio from the story, click below:

Jeff Fisher on OPI Call

Jim Harbaugh on Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick on Wide Receivers

Jim Harbaugh on Tough Win

 

 

 

 

 

 

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