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November 16, 2008
49ers game day: Reggie Smith active

Here are the inactives for today;s game:
Jamie Martin -- 3rd QB
S Dashon Goldson
TE Delanie Walker
LB Ahmad Brooks
C Cody Wallace
T Barry Sims
WR Arnaz Battle
WR Josh Morgan

* That means that 3rd-round pick Reggie Smith is up and could be the latest rookie/youngster that Mike Singletary decides needs seasoning. Smith also was active for the Detroit game. With Walker out, tight end Sean Ryan is in uniform. Bryant Johnson will start for Morgan at split end. It looks like Mark Roman will start at free safety.

For the Rams, CB Tye Hill, RB Steven Jackson, RB Same Gado, LB Chris Draft, G Roy Schuening, T John Greco and DE Eric Moore are inactive, Antonio Pittman will start for Jackson ...

1Q
-- 49ers open game in quasi big sub -- two linebackers, with Parys haralson rushing the QB. Like clockwork, the Rams run for 20-plus yards ...

-- Nice play by Walt harris to knock potential TD from Donnie Avery.

-- Up-the-middle blitz by Rod Green forces Bulger to throw early. Rams miss the 48-yard field goal wide left. 49ers ball at the 38 ...

-- Gore rushes for 37, but Oshiomogho Atogwe punches the ball from Gore as he's going out of bounds and the Rams recover. So much for Singletary's "Total Ball Security." Rams ball on the 13.

-- Another excellent play by Rossum, 29-yard punt return. 49ers ball on the 34.

-- Pass interference against Jason Craft on Isaac Bruce, gives the 49ers the ball on the 6. Gore bursts in from the 5 ... 49ers 7, Rams 0. By the way, the last time Gore thought he had a concussion, he rushed for 212 in the following game. Deja Vu?

-- Manny Lawson gets a quarterback sack! (though it could have been given to three other players). Pittman follows that up with a 22-yard carry.

-- Orlando Pace is down; Haralson went flying into his knee at the end of the last run. (actually, it was an inadvertant leg whip from Balmer)..Pace gingerly walked off the field under his own power. Adam Goldberg is now in at left tackle ...

2Q
-- Rams have 3rd and goal from the 5 and ...Bulger looks for Holt, who is double-covered, and throws the ball away. STL settles for a 24-yard field goal. SF 7, STL 0.

-- That drive went 15 plays, 75 yards and ate up 8:11. Singletary wanted a physical, punch-'em-in-the-mouth game. He's got one. ... RB Travis Minor went to the Rams locker room; He is questionable to return. no update yet on Pace ...Correction, it was RB Ron Bartell, not Travis Minor who got hurt ...

-- Shaun Hill just hit Isaac Bruce for 20 yards and Johnson for 42 on a quick slant. SF ball at the 7 yard line.

-- It's now 3rd and goal from the 2 and ....Hill fires to a wide open Vernon Davis for the TD. Better yet, no penalty following the score!

-- Bulger/center botch snap and Haralson recovers at the STL 16. ... Gore goes outside, gains 11 to the 5 yard line ... Gore to the 1 yard line ... (fullback dive?) ... Gore goes nowhere on 2nd and goal from the one ... On 3rd and goal, the Rams have the play snuffed out, but Gore still manages to go outside and slip in for the score, stiff arming Fakhir Brown along the way. SF 21, STL 3. By the way, TE Sean Ryan was the fullback on those last few runs ...

-- Deep pass for Avery underthrown and picked off by Walt Harris to the SF 40 .... First Hill-to-Hill connection is for 22 yards.

-- Great play by Hill. He sidesteps Leonard Little on the rollout and finds DeShaun Foster wide open for 31 yards to the STL 1...On 3rd and goal from the one, Hill keeps the ball and hurls himself across the goal line for the TD ... 49ers 28, STL 3 ... Why do the offensive players like Hill? After the TD, he tossed the ball to Eric Heitmann so that he could spike it ...

-- Pace is questionable to return with a right knee sprain.

-- Michael Lewis just steamrolled Pittman to sack Bulger for an 8-yard loss. This just in from stadium stat guru Andy Lutzky: in the last three first halfs, the Rams have been outscored 92-10. ... **update** Now it's 99-10.

-- In fact, the Rams are so bad, the 49ers are now fighting over INTs. Keith Lewis and Nate Clements just grappled over a pass intended for Torry Holt that Clements eventually came away with to the SF 44. Great play by Michael Lewis -- he was initially on Avery -- to switch off his coverage and break up the pass ...

-- Excellent throw to Robinson over the coverage -- gain of 32 yards to the 1 yard line. ... handoff to Robinson loses a yard and the 49ers use their final timeout of the half. 2nd and goal from the 2 with :37 left in half ... Perfect fade to Johnson for the touchdown. 49ers 35, Rams 3.

-- Hill, by the way, has 192 yards, two TDs and a perfect 158.3 passer rating heading into the locker room...

3Q

-- All Gore, all the time ...

-- Guard Richie Incognito, Pace and Bartell are all out for the remainder of the game ... Michael Robinson may have hurt his left elbow or shoulder on the last punt ... Michael Lewis looks like he has a left knee injury; Keith Lewis takes his place ...

-- Michael Lewis just leapt off the bench to celebrate the last sack. looks like his knee might be OK. But the hit that put him on the bench looked like a cheap shot ... Lewis' return is questionable.

-- Lewis is back on the field even though he easily could have gotten the rest of the afternoon off. Gamer ...

-- CB Tarell Brown has a neck strain. Is this Reggie Brown's chance. He's standing next to the defensive coaches with his helmet on ...

-- The 49ers just lost a challenge on a long, sideline pass to Donnie Avery. they are now 0-6 on the season on replay challenges. Egads!

4th Q

-- If you're still paying attention to the game, check out these first-half feats ...

* The 49ers' 35 points were the most in the opening half since they scored 42 against Atlanta in 1992

* They're 33-point lead was the biggest margin since they went up 34-0 against Arizona in 2003

* The 28-point second quarter is the biggest one-quarter outburst since they posted 28 against the Bears in 1991

* Shaun Hill is the only 49ers QB to post a perfect first-half passer rating. Steve Young came close with a 156.5 rating

* His 192 yards were the most first-half yards since Jeff Garcia had 221 against the Cardinals in 2003.



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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