Marc Bulger passed for 155 yards and hit Torry Holt with an early touchdown pass, and the St. Louis defense was solid until the final seconds Sunday in a 13-9 victory over the 49ers, who lost their eighth consecutive game.
San Francisco had a chance to tie it late, but tight end Vernon Davis and receiver Darrell Jackson dropped tough potential touchdown catches on consecutive plays leading to the 2-minute warning. When you're 2-7 (now 2-8) and haven't won in two months, you have to catch the ball if you can get your hands on it. And it's also kind of your job.
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BY THE NUMBERS
6: The 49ers sacked Bulger six times for the second time this season.
500: The win was the 500th in Rams franchise history.
6: St. Louis receiver Isaac Bruce had five catches for 54 yards, passing Henry Ellard to move into sixth place on the NFL's career yardage list.
141: 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer threw for 141 of his 231 yards in the fourth quarter.
THEY SAID IT
"I knew with three timeouts, I'd get the ball back and then we'd be playing for a win rather than overtime. We had not been that effective (offensively), so if I could go for a win rather than overtime, I'd do it."
-- 49ers coach Mike Nolan who, down by seven with two minutes to play, settled for Joe Nedney's third field goal instead of going for it on fourth down at the St. Louis 28 -- an unusual tactic that nearly paid off.
"Those are the type of balls I need to have. It was definitely a good pass from Trent."
-- Jackson on dropping a potential game-tying TD pass from Dilfer in the final minutes
"We didn't do well enough. We didn't win the ballgame. There are no moral victories in this league no matter how well we played. We didn't win the ballgame, and we definitely didn't play hard enough. We did some good things, but we fell short."
-- Veteran 49ers defensive end Bryant Young, who had 2½ sacks
Bryant Young deserves a better send-off than this.
If Darrell Jackson isn't the biggest free-agent bust this season, he's at least in the top three.