49ers 35, Rams 11: Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and San Francisco’s defense stepped up without some of its stars in a rout of host St. Louis last night.
Anquan Boldin had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gore had 153 yards on 20 carries, including a 34-yard score, for San Francisco (2-2), which was outscored 46-10 the previous two games. Navarro Bowman had two of the 49ers’ five sacks, with a strip leading to a fourth-quarter scoring run by Anthony Dixon.
The Rams (1-3) took a 3-0 lead before falling flat. Greg Zuerlein banged in a 40-yard field goal off the right upright in the first quarter, but the 49ers answered with 28 straight points.
The 49ers, minus cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and linebackers Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, quieted a raucous crowd, sending all but a few thousand home early.
Kaepernick had no touchdown passes and four interceptions the previous two weeks and completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes. He was 15 for 23 for 167 yards last night. Boldin had two highlight catches in the second quarter, a 42-yarder despite Cortland Finnegan getting penalized for holding, and a 20-yard score capped by a dive into the end zone after barely avoiding the sideline.
Gore more than doubled his output from the first three weeks and got a lot more work, too, after totaling just 11 carries last week. Four days earlier, DeMarco Murray burned the Rams for 175 rushing yards in Dallas’ 31-7 victory.
The Rams have trailed by double digits in every game, making up an 11-point deficit against Arizona in the opener but not gaps of 21 and 24 points against Atlanta and Dallas, and were down by 25 in the fourth quarter last night.
They got hit by injuries, too, the worst of them when rookie safety T.J. McDonald was carted off because of a leg injury in the second half.
• Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice on a limited basis, three days after suffering a concussion, and his status for Sunday’s game remains in question. Pryor passed a concussion test on Wednesday that allowed him to return to practice, but he still must be cleared for contact before the Raiders (1-2) decide whether to play him on Sunday against the Washington Redskins (0-3).
• San Diego Chargers inside linebackers Donald Butler and Manti Te’o practiced and appear to be on track to start against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.
Butler missed last Sunday’s loss to the Titans because of a groin injury and Te’o hasn’t played since his right foot was injured in the preseason opener on Aug. 8.