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SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14: Troy Smith #1 of the San Francisco 49ers passes against the St. Louis Rams during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Troy Smith
Troy Smith was not only Mr. Fourth Quarter, but also Mr. Overtime Period for the San Francisco 49ers. Smith overcame three – count ‘em – three touchdowns being called back on penalties, and ignited a stirring fourth quarter comeback aplus a no-nonsense drive during the sudden death period to give the 49ers a 23-20 overtime win over the St. Louis Rams.
Troy established himself as the starting Smith at quarterback with 356 yards passing and a touchdown.
Joe Nedney hit a 29-yard field goal five minutes and 13 seconds into the overtime period to seal the win and send the 49ers to a 3-6 record.
The Rams looked to be cruising to a 17-13 win late in the game, when Troy Smith engineered a touchdown drive just before two minute warning and hit Michael Crabtree for a 16-yard touchdown pass and a 20-17 lead.
The Rams’ Josh Brown would hit a field goal with three seconds left in regulation to tie it 20-20 and send it into overtime.
But the Niners held the Rams on their possession, and a 22-yard pass interference penalty on the Rams defense set Joe Nedney up for the game-winning field goal.
This leaves the 49ers at 3-6 and still only two games out of first place in the NFC West. The Seahawks are in first place at 5-4, after beating the Cardinals. The 49ers are at home again next week against Tampa Bay.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thanks mayor Gavin Newsom for defending liberty, justice, and the toys inside the Happy Meals.