Austin Davis has made the most of his improbable shot with the St. Louis Rams, passing for 300 yards each of the last two games. The degree of difficulty is about to go up. Way up. The San Francisco 49ers enter tonight’s game (5:30, ESPN) with the NFL’s No. 2 defense, making the going very tough even without key players from last season. LB Patrick Willis leads the way for San Francisco (3-2) which has stepped up its play lately. Last week, they did enough to compensate for a sputtering offense that leaned on five field goals and converted on a fake punt deep in their territory in a 22-17 victory over the Chiefs.
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