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No punch- San Francisco beats St. Louis 28-6

Tight End Vernon Davis tied a NFL record in the 49ers 2009 season finaleAP-

The San Francisco 49ers finished strong, scoring three touchdowns in the final 7 1/2 minutes. The St. Louis Rams bowed out with a performance worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.Vernon Davis

Vernon Davis tied the NFL record* for touchdown receptions by a tight end with his 13th of the season, sparking the 49ers’ late surge in a 28-6 victory on Sunday.


Frank Gore added 107 yards rushing on 23 carries and two TDs for the 49ers (8-8), who pulled away after a desultory first half in which they mustered only 52 yards and trailed 3-0.

Gore rushed for almost as many yards as the Rams as a team collected offensively(109). Today was the fifth worst offensive performance in Rams franchise history.

blockquote>San Francisco ended a string of six consecutive losing seasons, halted a six-game road losing streak and finished 5-1 against the NFC West. The Rams (1-15) wrapped up their first winless home schedule since going 0-6 in 1959 and only the third in franchise history.Early in the last decade, St. Louis went to consecutive Super Bowls. At the close of the 00′s they went 6-42 from 2007 to 2009. What a reversal in fortunes.

The Rams have acquired the #1 pick in the NFL draft based on their record for the first time in almost fifty years. In 1962, they drafted Heisman trophy winner Terry Baker(Who was a bust). In 1997 the Rams traded up to select Orlando Pace, who is a likely Hall of Famer one day. St. Louis fans will probably clamor for the team to select a quarterback,(Tim Tebow?)but that’s a risky move. If a young QB doesn’t have a offensive line to protect him, it will be awfully difficult for him to succeed.

*- Antonio Gates caught 13 touchdown passes in 2004 for the San Diego Chargers.

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