St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) watches his game winning 54 yard field goal during overtime against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - It wasn't pretty, but it wasn't a tie either.
For the second time in three weeks, the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers battled past regulation in a hard-fought NFC West tussle.
But unlike their Week 10 meeting, Sunday's eerily similar tilt ended with a winner, as Greg Zuerlein connected on a 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining in OT to give the Rams a 16-13 victory at Edward Jones Dome.
Both Zuerlein and David Akers missed field goals in overtime during a 17-17 outcome three weeks ago. Akers was off the mark again in the rematch, narrowly pushing a 51-yard try wide right with 4:11 remaining in the extra session.
The Rams gained one first down after the miss, and on 4th-and-inches from the San Francisco 37-yard line, Zuerlein answered the call to give the Rams their second straight win and the rookie's seventh make of 50-plus yards this year.
St. Louis (5-6-1) remained unbeaten against division foes despite being held to 293 yards. Steven Jackson, one week after amassing a season-high 139 rushing yards, was limited to 48 yards on 21 carries, while Sam Bradford completed 26-of-39 passes for 221 yards.
This was the first loss for division-leading San Francisco (8-3-1) since a 26-3 thumping by the New York Giants on Oct. 14.
Colin Kaepernick, in his third game as starter after Alex Smith suffered a concussion against the Rams, had two costly mistakes in the setback. The inexperienced signal-caller was whistled for a safety and lost a fumble that resulted in a tying touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:04 to play in the fourth quarter.
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