The 49ers couldn't capitalize on a 14-yard punt by rookie Johnny Hekker to midfield when David Akers was barely wide right on a 51-yard attempt with 4:11 to go in overtime. Akers is just 7 for 15 from 40 yards and beyond and refused to use a nagging pelvis injury as an excuse.
"I don't put anything on injuries," Akers said. "I should have made it."
The first 49ers-Rams meeting was the NFL's first tie in four seasons, and was more wide open with both teams missing chances to end it in overtime. Fisher bristled during the practice week that the tie was a wakeup call for the 49ers.
Most of the rematch was a defensive struggle, with the Rams totaling 293 yards even with the extra period and the 49ers at 339 yards.
Neither team had any success running the ball. The 49ers' Frank Gore was held to 58 yards on 23 carries for a 2.5-yard average with a 1-yard scoring run in the first quarter and the Rams' Steven Jackson had 48 yards on 21 carries for a 2.3-yard average against the No. 2 rush defense.
Akers' 33-yard field goal put the 49ers ahead with 1:38 remaining, a score set up by Kaepernick's 50-yard carry on a rollout. It left just enough time for Sam Bradford to guide the Rams 45 yards in seven plays.
The 49ers led 7-0 at halftime after cashing in on their only nice drive with Gore's 1-yard run late in the first quarter. Zuerlein had the distance on a 58-yard attempt with 25 seconds to go in the first half, but was well wide to the right.
The Rams wore retro jerseys from their 1999 championship season, featuring yellow numbers and striping, and marked the franchise's 75th anniversary. Several former players were introduced at halftime with fan favorites who played in St. Louis such as Isaac Bruce and Todd Lyght getting the strongest ovations.
NOTES: 49ers wide receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder) did not return after getting hurt in the fourth quarter. Harbaugh said the team "won't know right away" about the severity of the injury. ... Aldon Smith's sack late in the first half gave him an NFL-best 31½ in his first two seasons, a half-sack better than Reggie White in 1985-96. ... Hekker had a season-high nine punts for a 43.1-yard average and 42.4-yard net, often getting a favorable roll on directional efforts that looked ugly.
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