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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 1:15 pm | Updated: 1:34 pm, Wed Dec 5, 2012.

St. Louis and San Francisco, three weeks removed from playing to a tie on the West Coast, were less than a minute away from it happening again.

That’s until Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein stepped onto the field.

Zuerlein’s 54-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in overtime gave the Rams (5-6-1) a 16-13 victory over the 49ers (8-3-1) Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.

“Wow. That’s the case of guys just hanging in there. Guys making plays. Guys in the three different phases just making the plays that we needed to make,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “That’s an outstanding defense they have and they have an exceptional running game. It was just two good teams evenly matched trying to find a way to win it, and we got it.”

Zuerlein also connected for a 53-yard field goal to tie the game 13-13 as time expired in the fourth quarter.

“It’s great to get the win. The biggest thing is we won the game,” Zuerlein said. “Personally, it feels good just to make a game winner. I’ve had some opportunities before and didn’t convert on them, but the biggest thing is just we got the win.”

The story of the game for the Rams was their defense, who shut down Frank Gore, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers’ offense.

“As a team, that’s maybe the best that we’ve played,” said Rams defensive end Chris Long. “The offense made some plays when they had to. Hat’s off to our guys. They kept fighting. On days like that, we have to pick up the slack and try to make a play or two. We have to take the ball away and we did that.”

The Rams tied the game 10-10 late in the fourth quarter when rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins recovered a fumble and dove into the end zone for a score.

“I don’t know what they were trying to accomplish there, but we took advantage of one of their mistakes,” Fisher said.

Jenkins has scored three touchdowns in the last two games.

It’s the second time this season the Rams have won a game without scoring an offensive touchdown. The other came in the Seattle game.

Still, Sam Bradford and the Rams offensive had some key drives in the second half and overtime.

“It wasn’t pretty. Obviously there were a lot of things we could have done better,” Bradford said. “Our defense did a great job of keeping us in the game. Fortunately at the end, we were able to make enough plays to win the game.”

The Rams remained undefeated in the NFC West with a 4-0-1 record with one more division game to go at Seattle Dec. 30.

“This was a tough one,” said 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. “It was a football fight, and we did not win.”

With Danny Amendola out of the lineup due to a foot injury, rookie receiver Chris Givens helped fill the void with a season-high 11 catches for 92 yards.

“Days like this are what we live for,” Givens said. “You really can’t ask for too much more than a football game like this. It was a great game to be a part of.”

Rams running back Steven Jackson has an NFL-best 10,838 yards from scrimmage dating back to 2006.

“We have a lot of room to grow. The one thing about this team that we learned is that guys are going to continue to fight,” Jackson said. “Guys are going to continue to bring their ‘A’ game despite what it looks like, despite what people may think. These group of men believe that we can compete at a high level.”

The Rams, still alive in the NFC playoff hunt, visit Buffalo (5-7) Sunday at noon.

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At Ronsick Field

Friday, May 15

(3) Marquette vs. (6) Washington, 4:30 p.m.

(4) Lafayette vs. (5) Rockwood Summit, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 16

(1) Eureka vs. Lafayette-Rockwood Summit winner, noon

(2) Parkway South vs. Marquette-Washington winner, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19

Championship, 5 p.m.

Girls Soccer

Class 4 District 4

At Washington

Saturday, May 16

(1) Eureka vs. (4) Washington, noon

(2) Lafayette vs. (3) Marquette, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19

Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 2 District 9

At Springfield Catholic

Saturday, May 16

(1) Springfield Catholic vs. (4) St. James, 1 p.m.

(2) Bolivar vs. (3) Osage, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 20

Championship, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Pacific 9, Jefferson City 8

Thursday, April 16

Borgia 5, Washington 1

*Union 5, Hermann 0

*St. Clair 9, St. James 6 (8 innings)

*Pacific 14, New Haven 4

Friday, April 17

Crosspoint at Lighthouse Prep    4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 20

O’Fallon Christian 5, Borgia 3

*Union 11, Owensville 0

*Pacific 13, St. James 3

Tuesday, April 21

*Holt 1, Washington 0

Salem 8, St. Clair 0

Wednesday, April 22

*Holt 8, Washington 7

Borgia 23, Trinity 0

Farmington 5, Union 3 (11 innings)

*Pacific 10, Sullivan 9 (8 innings)

Thursday, April 23

Crosspoint 15, CAGSTL 2

*Pacific 4, St. Clair 2

Friday, April 24

Washington 12, St. Charles  1

Patriots at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan 1, Union 0

Saturday, April 25

Chaminade 3, Washington 2

Chaminade 3, Washington 1

Fatima 9, Borgia 3

Monday, April 27

*Union 8,  New Haven 5

*Pacific 6, Hermann 3

Tuesday, April 28

*Ft. Zumwalt E 4, Washington 1

*St. Mary's 9, Borgia 3

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

*Washington 8, Ft. Zumwalt E 0

New Haven 9, Bourbon 7

Thursday, April 30

Cuba at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific 4, Union 3

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at MCSAA Tny    TBA

Friday, May 1

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Farmington Wood Bat Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MCSAA Tny    TBA

Saturday, May 2

Potosi at Borgia    11 a.m.

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

St. Clair, Pacific at Farmington Wood Bat Tny    TBA

Crosspoint at MCSAA Tny    TBA

Monday, May 4

Washington 2, Winfield 0

Warrenton 4, Union 0

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

Herculaneum at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Helias    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

*New Haven at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Parkway Central at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 9

Kirkwood at Washington (DH)    10 a.m.

&Borgia vs. Lutheran S    10 a.m.

&Borgia vs. Holt    3 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

&Maryville University

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, April 15

Union 1, Rolla 0

Pacific at Troy Tny    TBA

Thursday, April 16

*Ft. Zumwalt S 2, Washington 0

O’Fallon Christian 2, Borgia 0

Union 10, North County 0

Clayton 4, Pacific 1 (Troy Tny)

Friday, April 17

St. Pius 3, Borgia 0

St. Clair 6, De Soto 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 18

Union 5, Washington 0

St. Clair 3, Cape Central 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Monday, April 20

Ladue 2, Union 0

*Pacific 11, St. James 1

Tuesday, April 21

*Ft. Zumwalt N 3, Washington 1

Hillsboro 2, St. Clair 1

*Union 7, Sullivan 1

Borgia 2, Trinity 1 OT

Wednesday, April 22

Lindbergh 4, Pacific 0

St. Charles 5, Washington 0

Incarnate Word 3, Union 1

Duchesne 2, Borgia 1

Thursday, April 23

Warrenton at Washington, PPD

Pacific 9, De Soto 0

Borgia 4, St. Clair 0

Friday, April 24

Parkway Central 3, Pacific 1

*Sullivan 1, St. Clair 0

Monday, April 27

%Borgia 1, Parkway North 1, St. Dominic Tny

#Union 1, Oakville 0 OT CYC Tny

Tuesday, April 28

#Lindbergh 4, Washington 0

Pacific 2, Hillsboro 1

#Webster Groves 5, Union 0

St. Clair 5, St. Louis Patriettes 0

Wednesday, April 29

Warrenton 2, St. Clair 1 OT

Ladue 4, Washington 1

Thursday, April 30

Washington, Union at CYC Tny    TBA

%Borgia vs. Cor Jesu, St. Dominic    7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 1

%Borgia vs. Villa Duchesne, St. Dominic    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Monday, May 4

*Ft. Zumwalt E 3, Washington 1

*St. Dominic 2, Borgia 0

St. Clair 5, Owensville 1

Sullivan 8, St. James 0

Tuesday, May 5

Four Rivers Conference Tny, Owensville

Pacific vs. Sullivan, 5 p.m.

Union vs. St. Clair, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

*Borgia at Duchesne    6 p.m.

Four Rivers Conference Tny, Owensville

Third-place match, 5 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 8

Washington at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Saturday, May 9

Festus at St. Clair    TBA

Boys Golf

Wednesday, April 15

*Union at Sullivan    4 p.m.

Pacific Meet    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

Washington at Bulldog Battle    8 a.m.

Warrenton Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, April 20

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Tuesday, April 21

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Warrenton at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

Kennedy at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at St. James    3:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4 p.m.

Monday, April 27

FRC Meet-1. Sullivan 315 2. Pacific 344 3. Owensville 369

Tuesday, April 28

Borgia at Trinity    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Monday, May 4

District Golf    TBA

Tuesday, May 5

District Meet at Washington    9 a.m.

Track

Friday, April 17

Pacific at Farmington Inv    2:30 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba Relays    3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 18

Washington at Kirkwood Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Nix Relays

Boys — Timberland 132, Rolla 96, Owensville 89, Pacific 58.5, Sullivan 47.5, Warrenton 47, Union 46.5, St. Clair 39.5, Washington 38, St. Dominic 26, Borgia 17.

Girls — Rockwood Summit 85, Timberland 81, Union 66.5, Rolla 62, Sullivan 60, St. Clair 59, Pacific 54, Washington 50.5, Parkway West 40, Owensville 37, Warrenton 17.5, Borgia 13.5.

Friday, April 24

Owensville Relays    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Inv    TBA

Saturday, April 25

Washington at Brusca/Strohbach Inv    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Tuesday, April 28

Borgia at Troy Inv    3:30 p.m.

Pacific at Lutheran SC    4 p.m.

Hermann Relays    4 p.m.

Friday, May 1

Warrenton Inv    3:30 p.m.

New Haven at South Callway Relays    4 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

Washington at Victoria Reaves Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, May 4

FRC Meet, Hermann    10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 5

AAA Meet at Borgia    3 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

GAC Meet at Washington    3 p.m.

Friday, May 8

Union, St. Clair, Pacific at Hillsboro Inv    TBA

Saturday, May 9

Classes 1-2 District Meets    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Thursday, April 16

*St. Mary’s at Borgia (Grade School)    5 p.m.-ppd

Friday, April 17

Borgia at Illinois Tournament    TBA

Saturday, April 18

Borgia at Illinois Tournament    TBA

Monday, April 20

*St. Mary's def. Borgia, 25-18, 25-15

Tuesday, April 21

Borgia def. Bayless, 25-14, 25-18

Thursday, April 23

*Borgia def. Duchesne, 17-25, 25-13, 25-18

Tuesday, April 28

*St. Dominic def. Borgia, 25-23, 25-21

Thursday, April 30

*DuBourg at Borgia    5 p.m.

Thursday, May 7

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Thursday, April 16

*St. Louis 4, ECC 3

*ECC 4, St. Louis 3

Friday, April 17

ECC 8, Missouri Valley JV 0

ECC 9, Missouri Valley JV 1

Monday, April 20

*ECC 15, St. Charles 2

*St. Charles 5, ECC 4

Tuesday, April 21

*Jefferson 3, ECC 2

*Jefferson 4, ECC 3

Thursday, April 23

*ECC 5, Mineral Area College 3

*Mineral Area College 4, ECC 2

Tuesday, April 28

ECC 14, Cottey 1

ECC 7, Cottey 1

Region 16 Tournament, Kirkwood

Friday, May 1

G1 (1) Mineral Area def. (4) Cottey

G2 (3) ECC 8, (2) St. Louis 5 (8 innings)

G3 STLCC def. Cottey

G4 ECC 7, Mineral Area 4

Saturday, May 2

G5 STLCC def. Mineral Area

G6 STLCC 4, ECC 3

G7 ECC 4, STLCC 3

Friday, May 8

ECC at Lincoln Land (DH), TBA

Saturday, May 9

ECC at Lincoln Land, if needed, TBA

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