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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) is tackled by St. Louis Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar (58) on a four-yard gain during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in San Francisco. Smith had a concussion from the play. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Paul Kitagaki Jr.)
NFL: Rams, 49ers play to 24-24 tie; Smith suffers concussion
First Published Nov 11 2012 06:34 pm • Last Updated Nov 19 2012 05:26 pm

San Francisco » The St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played the NFL’s first tie game in four years as kickers from both teams missed overtime field goals Sunday.

Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yarder, but the Rams were penalized 5 yards for delay of game. He tried again from 58 as coach Jeff Fisher played for the win, and missed wide right with 2:42 left in OT.

At a glance

Rams-49ers Stats

St. Louis 14 0 3 7 0 — 24

San Francisco 0 7 0 17 0 — 24

First Quarter

StL » Quick 36 pass from Bradford (Zuerlein kick), 9:38.

StL » Jackson 7 run (Zuerlein kick), 1:47.

Second Quarter

SF » Crabtree 14 pass from Ale.Smith (Akers kick), 8:13.

Third Quarter

StL » FG Zuerlein 27, :18.

Fourth Quarter

SF » Kaepernick 7 run (Akers kick), 8:40.

SF » Gore 20 run (Akers kick), 8:23.

StL » Pettis 2 pass from Bradford (Zuerlein kick), 1:09.

SF » FG Akers 33, :03.

Attendance » 69,732.


First downs 27 25

Total Net Yards 458 341

Rushes-yards 37-159 34-183

Passing 299 158

Punt Returns 3-14 2-23

Kickoff Returns 5-84 5-118

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 28-41-0 18-25-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-16 5-31

Punts 4-36.8 6-41.8

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-0

Penalties-yards 13-85 7-66

Time of Possession 40:45 34:15

Individual Statistics

Rushing » St. Louis, Jackson 29-101, D.Richardson 7-58, Bradford 1-0. San Francisco, Gore 21-97, Kaepernick 8-66, Hunter 3-15, Ale.Smith 2-5.

Passing » St. Louis, Bradford 26-39-0-275, Hekker 2-2-0-40. San Francisco, Kaepernick 11-17-0-117, Ale.Smith 7-8-0-72.

Receiving » St. Louis, Amendola 11-102, Kendricks 3-48, Gibson 3-47, Pettis 3-15, Jackson 2-26, St.Smith 2-11, Quick 1-36, McLeod 1-21, Pead 1-9, D.Richardson 1-0. San Francisco, Crabtree 5-70, V.Davis 4-30, Gore 3-18, K.Williams 2-24, Moss 2-19, Manningham 1-20, Hunter 1-8.

Missed Field Goals » St. Louis, Zuerlein 58 (WR). San Francisco, Akers 41 (WL).

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San Francisco’s David Akers missed wide left on a 41-yard attempt that could have sealed it for the NFC West-leading 49ers (6-2-1), who lost quarterback Alex Smith to a first-half concussion.

Akers booted a tying 33-yarder with 3 seconds left in regulation after Sam Bradford threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 remaining.

San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis was flagged for holding Lance Kendricks on third down of St. Louis’ final drive, a costly mistake that kept his team from getting one last chance.

On the first play of OT, Bradford completed an 80-yard pass to Danny Amendola that took St. Louis (3-5-1) to the 2, but the play was called back for an illegal formation. Some 49ers fans got up to leave, then returned to their seats.

The last tie was between Philadelphia and Cincinnati, 13-13 in 2008.

Frank Gore ran for a 20-yard touchdown with 8:23 to go in regulation just 17 seconds after backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick scurried 7 yards for a score. Kaepernick finished 11 for 17 for 117 yards and also had eight carries for 66 yards, calmly leading the Niners after it took several series to find his groove.

Gore ran for 97 yards, while Michael Crabtree made five catches for 70 yards and a 14-yard touchdown from Smith before he left the game.

Amendola returned for the Rams following a three-game absence with a shoulder injury to make 11 catches for 102 yards. Bradford went 26 for 39 for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

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Smith took a hard hit on the back of the neck from linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar after a scramble with 1:10 left in the first quarter. But the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft stayed in the game and completed his next five passes, including Crabtree’s TD.

Smith, who has started 28 straight games, wound up 7 for 8 for 72 yards.

The 49ers didn’t face Bradford in either meeting last season as the Rams quarterback missed six games with a high left ankle sprain. He had all kinds of extra opportunities this time.

Bradford found Steven Jackson for a 14-yard gain and first down late in the third period to keep a drive going. Jackson’s helmet flew off as he bowled through Willis. The Rams benefited moments later from Dashon Goldson’s 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for taking off his helmet.

Then, defensive tackle Ray McDonald was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bradford when he came in under the quarterback’s chin, extending another Rams drive and giving them first and goal from the 7. Zuerlein kicked a 27-yard field goal.

The penalties and miscues were certainly uncharacteristic of San Francisco’s defense.

Crabtree’s touchdown midway through the second quarter gave him a TD reception in five straight games against the Rams. It was his third touchdown in two games, and all of his team-leading four TD catches have come in the last five games.

Kaepernick took over as Smith went to the bench to be examined by medical personnel and soon left for the locker room with a concussion.

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