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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill (13) looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Without Frank Gore to lead the rushing attack, the 49ers got solid execution in all three phases to soundly beat St. Louis 35-to-0 at Candlestick. The 49ers improve to 3-1 and are a perfect 3-0 thus far against teams in the NFC West. San Francisco has won five straight games at home.
For the first time since 1997, the Niners scored a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams. The game’s first score came off a botched punt return recovered by 49ers linebacker Scott McKillop in the endzone.
49ers tight end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Josh Morgan both caught touchdown passes from quarterback Shaun Hill, who remains undefeated when playing at Candlestick as a starter.
Niners linebacker Patrick Willis picked up a touchdown off an interception of Rams quarterback and former Cal Bear Kyle Boller in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald scored a touchdown after a fumble recovery.
The 49ers (3-1) scored in every way to take command of the NFC West after already beating reigning division champion Arizona and Seattle, recording their first shutout in 119 games since Jan. 6, 2002, 38-0 at New Orleans.
The Rams (0-4) lost their 14th straight, the longest skid in the NFL. St. Louis was blanked for the second time after losing 28-0 to the Seahawks in the season opener.
The 49ers play again next Sunday at Candlestick as they host the Atlanta Falcons.