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49ers regain footing, rout Rams 35-11

  • 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs with the ball for an 18-yard gain during the first quarter as St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, right, gives chase Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in St. Louis. (CHARLIE RIEDEL / Associated Press)

ST. LOUIS — After getting only 11 carries last week, Frank Gore never made a public stink about it. Coach Jim Harbaugh noted he wasn't the only unhappy player after the San Francisco 49ers lost their second straight game.

But Gore's touches went way up, and yards, too. And the offense kicked into gear in a 35-11 rout of the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

"I didn't say nothing. I just want to win," Gore said. "The 49ers are all about winning. Whether it's running or throwing, that's all we're worrying about is winning."

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Gore's first 100-yard game of the year more than doubled his output from the first three games. It helped the 49ers put their foot down without some of their biggest stars.

Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes and the defense stepped up, too.

"We know the talent we have on this team," Kaepernick said. "We know what we're capable of."

Anquan Boldin had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gore had 153 yards on 20 carries and a 34-yard score for San Francisco (2-2), which was outscored 46-10 the previous two games. NaVorro Bowman had two of the 49ers' five sacks with a strip leading to Anthony Dixon's fourth-quarter scoring run.

"If we keep playing, our offense will come around sooner or later," Bowman said.

The Rams (1-3) had an overtime win and tie against San Francisco last year, and took the early lead Thursday before falling flat. Greg Zuerlein banged in a 40-yard field goal off the right upright to end a nine-game scoring drought in the first quarter, but the 49ers answered with 28 straight points.

"Tomorrow's going to be a pretty tough day in the film room," Rams quarterback Sam Bradford said. "The good news is we have 10 days, 11 days until we play again and there's going to be ample time to get that corrected."

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