It looks like the NFC West will come down to the wire in 2012. The 49ers fell to 8-3-1 after Sunday’s hard-fought 16-13 loss in overtime at NFC West foe St. Louis. The Rams are now 5-6-1 and have played the 49ers tough, but it’s second-place Seattle (7-5) who is hot on the heels of San Francisco going into the final four weeks of play.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com broke down the loss and what it means for the 49ers. “Coach Jeff Fisher and his Rams staff won the chess match against the 49ers on Sunday,” Maiocco wrote. “And the 49ers saw their lead in the NFC West shrink to 1 1/2 games with Seattle’s victory over the Chicago Bears.”
The rest of today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best coverage from the Week 13 matchup in St. Louis.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group recapped the third 49ers loss of the 2012 campaign.
Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed the loss and how it affected Colin Kaepernick.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reviewed the game tape and analyzed Kaepernick’s play.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the Rams defense was well-prepared for the 49ers.
Inman noted that Aldon Smith tied Fred Dean’s single-season franchise record of 17.5 sacks.
Maiocco passed along reaction from kicker David Akers after he missed a late field goal.
Barrows shared comments from the referee who called a safety on Kaepernick.
Barrows broke down an errant pitch between Kaepernick and Ted Ginn Jr. that affected the outcome of Sunday’s game.
Inman also discussed the pitch play that led to a Rams touchdown.
Mark Purdy of the Bay Area News Group offered the positives and negatives of the divisional loss.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com listed off his impressions of the NFC West matchup.
Purdy gave his take on the 49ers loss.
Sam Monson of ProFootballFocus.com broke down the 49ers-Rams game.
49ers.com’s coverage included a recap of the game (video / story / photos), a notebook on the stellar defensive performance and a breakdown of the action by Taylor Price and Scott Kegley of 49ers.com in the latest Cover 2 presented by AAA.
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