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Rams hold on; 49ers don’t

Fumble on goal line ends S.F.’s chances

Colin Kaepernick runs before losing a fumble with 2 seconds left in the game. (Associated Press)
Colin Kaepernick runs before losing a fumble with 2 seconds left in the game. (Associated Press)
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Colin Kaepernick struggled and fumbled away the potential winning score for the 49ers, while the Rams and former third stringer Austin Davis beat another NFC West power Sunday.

St. Louis (3-5) remains in last place, but the Rams have had plenty to say about the division race, upsetting Seattle and San Francisco in the past three weeks. They held on to beat the 49ers 13-10 Sunday when Kaepernick fumbled on a quarterback sneak at the goal line with 2 seconds left.

It was one of Kaepernick’s worst home games, and came just three weeks after he had a winning performance in a 31-17 victory in St. Louis. On Sunday, the Rams sacked him eight times.

Greg Zuerlein kicked the go-ahead 39-yard field goal for the Rams (3-5) with 5:25 left.

The Rams, 9 1/2-point underdogs to start the week, never let Kaepernick get comfortable. Kaepernick spent more time on his backside and running from St. Louis defenders than he did smoothly directing the offense.

Playing for the second time in 21 days, the teams both were coming off embarrassing routs – the Rams last week 34-7 in Kansas City and the 49ers 42-17 at Denver on Oct. 19 – and this wasn’t pretty, either.

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