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SUNDAY'S HERO

San Francisco tailback Frank Gore scored two touchdowns and gained 81 yards on 20 carries, all while dealing with the loss of his mother, Liz, who died Wednesday after suffering from a kidney ailment.

GOAT OF THE GAME

St. Louis return specialist Dante Hall, who dropped a punt late in the fourth quarter which allowed the 49ers to move into position for the game-winning field goal.

KEY PLAY

Gore took a handoff up the middle on fourth-and-1. After he appeared stopped by linebacker Chris Draft, Gore kept his legs moving, shedding Draft in the process, and ran to the end zone to make it 14-13.

BY THE NUMBERS

2-0: It's San Francisco's first 2-0 start since 1998.

392 to 186: The 49ers won despite being outgained by St. Louis 392 yards to 186.

THEY SAID IT

"It was a routine play for me. I fair-catch it and call it a day."

-- Hall on his costly fumble

"They had nine in the box -- everybody was up there. I got through and kept pumping my legs."

-- Gore on his spectacular third quarter touchdown

RANDOM THOUGHTS

A win is a win, is a win ... now say it again.

Patrick Willis is a beast.

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