1:00 PM ET, September 16, 2007
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It was the kind of play Dante Hall has made many times, camped under a punt, waiting to make the catch.This time, late in the fourth quarter Sunday, he dropped it. Marcus Hudson recovered for San Francisco, setting up the winning field goal in the 49ers' 17-16 win over St. Louis."It was a routine play for me," Hall said. "I fair-catch it and call it a day."
The loss of OT Orlando Pace was felt in the Rams' loss to San Francisco, especially by QB Marc Bulger. Bulger was sacked six times, but also hit 11 times after he passed and was hurried eight other times.
The Rams suffered when they tried to form the pocket off the five-step drop, which is needed for the longer developing routes by their WRs.
They had relative success when going off the three- or one-step drops for the short outs, crossing patterns or quick hitches.
The 49ers did a good job of jamming the receivers at the line of scrimmage, forcing them to take too long to finish their routes and ultimately, allowing their rush to get after Bulger.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
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Roger Wehrli, the longtime St. Louis Cardinals cornerback who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, was honored at a halftime ceremony, adding his name to the "Ring of Fame." ... Gore left immediately after the game and flew to Miami for his mother's wake on Monday and funeral on Tuesday. He'll return to San Francisco on Wednesday. Liz Gore died Wednesday in the Miami area. She had suffered from a kidney ailment. ... Bulger played the latter part of the game with sore ribs after taking several hits. ... The Rams still lead the all-time series 59-55-2. The series dates to 1950.
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.8||5.6|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||06:04||Torry Holt 12 Yd Pass From Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins Kick)||0||7|
|TD||14:57||Frank Gore 1 Yd Run (Joe Nedney Kick)||7||7|
|FG||09:04||Jeff Wilkins 27 Yd||7||10|
|FG||01:51||Jeff Wilkins 29 Yd||7||13|
|TD||02:43||Frank Gore 43 Yd Run (Joe Nedney Kick)||14||13|
|FG||10:04||Jeff Wilkins 53 Yd||14||16|
|FG||03:23||Joe Nedney 40 Yd||17||16|