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49ers game plan vs. St. Louis

A look at today’s 49ers game vs. St. Louis; including: broadcast information, matchup to watch, three keys to the game and injury report.

• Opponent: vs. St. Louis

• Time: 1:05 p.m.

• Line: 49ers by 8

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Records:

49ers 7-4, Rams 5-6



• TV/Radio: FOX40 (Kevin Burkhardt, play-by-play; John Lynch, color), 680, 1320

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Cornerback Carlos Rogers vs. Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin

Austin, the eighth pick in the draft, was a nonfactor when the teams played in Week 4, with two catches for 6 yards and a fumble. But he’s been a major part of the Rams’ resurgence, catching touchdown passes of 81 and 57 yards – plus a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown – in a Week 10 win over the Colts, and rushing 65 yards for a touchdown in last week’s win over Chicago. The Rams want to get the speedster in space and will try to exploit one-on-one matchups with Rogers, the 49ers’ nickel cornerback.

THREE KEYS TO GAME

• Getting Michael Crabtree at least a few snaps today will give future opponents – including next week’s foe, Seattle – plenty to consider while planning for the 49ers. It also might be smart to gradually ramp up the wide receiver’s snaps after such a severe injury.



• The 49ers can’t underestimate a Rams running game that went nowhere during their Week 4 meeting. Since that game, St. Louis has averaged 151.9 yards a game on the ground, second-best in the NFL over that span.



• The 49ers’ offense was aided last week by an aggressive punt-return game that averaged more than 14 yards a return. The offense showed signs of emerging from its stupor against Washington, but it could use a continued boost from the special teams.



INJURY REPORT

49ERS

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Questionable:

LB Ahmad Brooks (stinger), CB Tarell Brown (ribs), TE Garrett Celek (hamstring), G Mike Iupati (knee), DT Ray McDonald (ankle), WR Quinton Patton (foot); LB Aldon Smith (shoulder)



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Probable:

LB Navorro Bowman (knee), RB Frank Gore (ankle), WR Mario Manningham (knee), LB Dan Skuta (foot), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)



RAMS

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Questionable:

G Harvey Dahl (knee), S T.J. McDonald (shin), CB Brandon McGee (foot)



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Probable:

CB Trumaine Johnson (concussion), DE Eugene Sims (foot), RB Zac Stacy (concussion), LB Will Witherspoon (not injury-related), G Chris Williams (concussion)



– Matthew Barrows

49ERS SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Results
Sept. 8 Green Bay W, 34-28
Sept. 15 at Seattle L, 29-3
Sept. 22 Indianapolis L, 27-7
Sept. 26 at St. Louis W, 35-11
Oct. 6 Houston W, 34-3
Oct. 13 Arizona W, 32-20
Oct. 20 at Tennessee W, 31-17
Oct. 27 at Jacksonville W, 42-10
Nov. 3 BYE
Nov. 10 Carolina L, 10-9
Nov. 17 at New Orleans l, 23-20
Nov. 25 at Washington W, 27-6
Date Opponent Time
Today St. Louis 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 8 Seattle 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Tampa Bay 10 a.m.
Dec. 23 Atlanta 5:40 p.m.
Dec. 29 at Arizona 1:25 p.m.
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