SAN FRANCISCO -- Though the St. Louis Rams still have problems, they're nothing compared to the San Francisco 49ers' historic woes.
Marc Bulger shook off another beating to pass for 155 yards and an early touchdown to Torry Holt, and the St. Louis defense was solid until the final seconds in a 13-9 victory over the 49ers, who lost their eighth straight.
Bulger was sacked six times by the 49ers, who also sacked him six times in the clubs' first meeting. The Rams (2-8) couldn't score a touchdown after their opening drive and managed only 38 yards of offense in the second half, but the defense had little trouble with San Francisco's league-worst offense until two desperate fourth-quarter drives.
After floundering all afternoon, the 49ers (2-8) drove 68 yards in the final 1:28 to the St. Louis 21. But with three seconds to play, Trent Dilfer's final pass was intercepted at the goal line by Oshiomogho Atogwe.
Quoteworthy: "It became pretty evident in the third quarter that they were going to struggle to score, and we were going to put it on our defense." -- Marc Bulger, Rams quarterback