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November 12, 2012
Harbaugh: 49ers have "bumps, bruises" after 75-minute game


The Rams and the 49ers played the NFL's first, five-period game since 2008, and as you might expect the contest had some casualties.

Both Mike Iupati and Aldon Smith left the game briefly -- Iupati for one play -- but returned to the contest. Matt Maiocco reported that Frank Gore also received X-rays afterward and was walking around gingerly after a very physical effort. Gore had 21 carries, the most he's had this season and his highest total since the 49ers' Christmas Eve game in Seattle last year.

Still, Jim Harbaugh said only Alex Smith's concussion seemed serious. "Some things, some bumps and bruises that the guys are working through," Harbaugh said. "But at this point, I don't think it's anything that's serious."

The only player who didn't step on the field Sunday was Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens.

What's wrong with David Akers? After starting the season 6-6 on field goals, Akers is 10-16 in the seven games since. His 33-yard field goal tied the game and sent it to overtime. But he missed a 41-yarder wide left that would have won the game for San Francisco.

Akers set an NFL record for attempts and field goals made (44) last year and was a big part of the team's winning formula. Harbaugh was asked if there were anything wrong with the 14-year kicker's confidence.

"No, not that I'm aware of," Harbaugh said. "... I've not pin-pointed any reason there. I don't have indications that he's not confident."

-- Matt 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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