49ers hurdle over Rams in critical NFC West game

The Associated PressDecember 2, 2013 

SAN FRANCISCO — Colin Kaepernick let his guard down just enough to razz Michael Crabtree about not scoring on a flashy 60-yard catch and run in his season debut.

At last, Kaepernick has his receiving corps intact, just in time for the stretch run.

Crabtree’s return opened up the field all the more for Anquan Boldin — not to mention Vernon Davis and his high-hurdle show — in the San Francisco 49ers’ 23-13 victory against St. Louis on Sunday.

Boldin caught nine passes from Kaepernick, Crabtree made his long-awaited debut six months after Achilles tendon surgery, and the 49ers pressured the Rams defense from every angle.

Next up for San Francisco is NFC West nemesis the Seattle Seahawks in a week at Candlestick Park.

“We’re very eager,” 49ers safety Donte Whitner said. “They embarrassed us last time.”

Kaepernick went 19-for-28 for 275 yards and Frank Gore ran for a 3-yard touchdown as reigning NFC champion San Francisco (8-4) boosted its

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