The San Francisco 49ers flex their muscles in a dominant win over the St. Louis Rams at home. The defense really got after it in this game and the return of Michael Crabtree really sets the Niners up for a strong playoff run. Colin Kaepernick played a pretty complete game for San Fran in this one. He threw for 275 yards with a touchdown (and no interceptions). The 49ers were not able to run the ball with the amount of success that they would have liked to, but they were able to throw it. To me, Kap proved that he can win a game with his arm if he absolutely had to. This was many people’s biggest complaint about the second year pro. For St. Louis, the team simply could not keep their drives going. They were really hurt by two things, the first being their third down success rate. The Rams were 4/13 on the money down. The other thing that killed them was the fact that they were flagged 11 times for 105 yards. You will not win very many games in this league if you commit over ten penalties. This looked like one of those weird games for the Rams. They moved the ball well but just were not able to score. That is typically the trademark of a good defense; one the 49ers have. With Arizona’s loss this weekend, the 49ers now own a full game lead in the wild card race and still remain alive in the NFC west race (although that division is really Seattle’s to lose). Anyways, San Fran really strengthened their chances at the playoffs with this win. They are also beginning to get healthy, so they can be a very dangerous team down the stretch.