For most of the first half, this looked to be a game that gibed for the Rams which is another way of saying a low-scoring game. St. Louis isn’t going to keep up with any team that score more than 30 unless you spot them defense and special teams scores, so the early plodding place was just about their speed.
The Rams started things off with a first down and a punt. The Niners responded with a minor blip of offense of their own. It was enough to give Phil Dawson a field goal attempt from 53 yards but he pushed it to the right.
A facemask pull of Sam Bradford set the Rams up deep in San Francisco territory of the following drive. Bradford proceeded to miss a sure touchdown to open Austin Pettis and St. Louis was forced to settle for a field goal, which remains the extend of the Rams scoring the half.
From there, a great span of nothingness transpired until midway through the second quarter when the Niners finally came alive thanks to Anquan Boldin. The receiver abused Cortland Finnegan for 62 yards and a score on San Francisco’s first scoring drive.
Against all odds, Donte Whitner did an awesome thing, intercepting a pass in the end zone on a Rams 3rd and 1 within field goal range. That was the end of the Rams threatening, as the Niners scored again on the following drive to push the lead to 14-3. The Rams had challenged after what was initially ruled a Frank Gore third down conversion. It was overturned and San Francisco tried on 4th down, which turned out to be a wise decision as Frank Gore took it 34 yards for a score.
The half ended with a 71-yard free kick by Phil Dawson, which fell woefully short but we still salute Jim Harbaugh for giving him a shot.