Rams
49ers
16 - 35 Final
  for this game

Hill, 49ers stomp Rams

Nov 17, 2008 - 1:38 AM By Tom Kent PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The San Francisco 49ers salvaged some late-season dignity against the St. Louis Rams.

Shaun Hill threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another as the 49ers took advantage of three first-half turnovers to defeat the hapless Rams, 35-16, in a battle for the bottom of the division.

With the victory, the Niners snapped a six-game losing streak that included the firing of their head coach, a public outburst by interim head coach Mike Singletary, and a quarterback benching.

"We have to enjoy this one," Hill said. "It's been a long since we had this feeling. At the same time we need to keep learning from the things we did wrong and keep going forward."

Running back Frank Gore rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for San Francisco, which, despite its record, moved into second place in the woeful NFC West.

"We talked about coming out fast and, executing, and finishing," Singletary said. "We were excited about getting up early."

Hill, who started the season as the No. 3 quarterback behind J.T. O'Sullivan and Alex Smith, was making just his second start of the year. Last week against the Arizona Cardinals, Hill threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns as the 49ers came up short on the last play of the game in the 29-24 defeat.

Against the defenseless Rams, however, Hill was impressive, leading five straight scoring drives in the first half, all of which resulted in touchdowns to give San Francisco an overwhelming 35-3 lead at intermission.

"Shaun Hill is a good quarterback who can make some throws," Singletary said. "He's continuing to gain more confidence and the offense is gaining confidence in him."

After taking an early 14-3 lead, 49ers defensive lineman Parys Haralson recovered quarterback Marc Bulger's fumble on the Rams 16-yard line. Four plays later, Gore plunged in from 1 yard out to give the 49ers a 21-3 lead.

"I was proud of the offense and the defense got some turnovers," Hill said. "Anytime you can cap off drives with touchdowns, that's when you get the score going."

Bulger, who was benched after the Rams fell behind, 40-0, in the first half of last week's embarrassing 47-3 loss to the New York Jets, then threw two more interceptions that would result in touchdown drives and give San Francisco the insurmountable 35-3 halftime lead.

"It was terrible," Rams interim head coach Jim Haslett said. "You turn the ball over three times in the first half and then the defense does nothing to stop them."

St. Louis also fired their head coach in midseason, leaving the daunting task of rescuing the year to Haslett. However, the Rams continue to regress, having lost four consecutive games.

Bulger managed to hook up with Dane Looker for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:56 left in the game for St. Louis, which has lost its last two games by a total of 63 points and been outscored, 75-3, in the first half.

"We were well prepared schematically," Bulger said. "We just didn't execute. We played poorly all the way around. It was not their (coaches') fault, it was out fault."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 3 6 7 16
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 28 0 0 35 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 5 YD RUN (JOE NEDNEY
    KICK), 8:23. Drive: 4 plays, 34
    yards in 1:54. Key plays: Rossum
    29-yard punt return to St Louis 34.
    17-yard pass interference penalty
    on Rams' With

    Nov 16 7:19 PM


  • NFL
    TD STL
    DANE LOOKER 2 YD PASS FROM MARC BULGER
    (JOSH BROWN KICK)
    ST LOUIS 16
    SAN FRANCISCO 35 1:56 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Rams 16, 49ers 35  4th - 1:56Nov 16 7:11 PM


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    FG STL
    JOSH BROWN 44 YD
    ST LOUIS 9
    SAN FRANCISCO 35 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Rams 9, 49ers 35  End of 3rdNov 16 6:29 PM


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    FG STL
    JOSH BROWN 49 YD
    ST LOUIS 6
    SAN FRANCISCO 35 3:51 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Rams 6, 49ers 35  3rd - 3:51Nov 16 6:14 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 3 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 28 35 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 5 YD RUN (JOE NEDNEY
    KICK), 8:23. Drive: 4 plays, 34
    yards in 1:54. Key plays: Rossum
    29-yard punt return to St Louis 34.
    17-yard pass interference penalty
    on Rams' W

    Nov 16 6:10 PM
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    Rams 3, 49ers 35  HalfNov 16 5:44 PM


  • NFL
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 3 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 28 35 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 5 YD RUN (JOE NEDNEY
    KICK), 8:23. Drive: 4 plays, 34
    yards in 1:54. Key plays: Rossum
    29-yard punt return to St Louis 34.
    17-yard pass interference penalty
    on Rams' W

    Nov 16 5:33 PM


  • NFL
    TD SFO
    BRYANT JOHNSON 1 YD PASS FROM SHAUN HILL
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    ST LOUIS 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 35 0:34 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rams 3, 49ers 35  2nd - 0:34Nov 16 5:29 PM


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    TD SFO
    SHAUN HILL 1 YD RUN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    ST LOUIS 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 28 3:32 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rams 3, 49ers 28  2nd - 3:32Nov 16 5:15 PM


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    TD SFO
    FRANK GORE 1 YD RUN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    ST LOUIS 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 21 7:50 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rams 3, 49ers 21  2nd - 7:50Nov 16 5:05 PM


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    TD SFO
    VERNON DAVIS 2 YD PASS FROM SHAUN HILL
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    ST LOUIS 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 14 10:38 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rams 3, 49ers 14  2nd - 10:38Nov 16 4:55 PM


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    FG STL
    JOSH BROWN 24 YD
    ST LOUIS 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 13:26 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Rams 3, 49ers 7  2nd - 13:26Nov 16 4:47 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ST LOUIS 0 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 5 YD RUN (JOE NEDNEY
    KICK), 8:23. Drive: 4 plays, 34
    yards in 1:54. Key plays: Rossum
    29-yard punt return to St. Louis
    34. 17-yard pass interference
    penalty on R

    Nov 16 4:40 PM


  • NFL
    TD SFO
    FRANK GORE 5 YD RUN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    ST LOUIS 0
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 6:37 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Rams 0, 49ers 7  1st - 6:37Nov 16 4:26 PM