49ers Clinch NFC West with 26-0 Victory Over St. Louis

After a disappointing 23-20 Week 12 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams (2-9) face a very tough road matchup against the San Francisco 49ers (9-2) in Week 13.

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Patrick Willis Injury: San Francisco 49ers Linebacker Grabs Hamstring, Return Doubtful

The San Francisco 49ers might have suffered a blow on defense Sunday—Patrick Willis has left their game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon after grabbing his hamstring, and as the first quarter wound down was being examined by trainers on the 49ers bench.

The good news is that he’s not moving like someone who’s just learned he’ll miss an extended period of time—he’s moving up and down the sideline, according to reports, although too slowly to be expected back as quickly as Rams OL Adam Goldberg, who looked down for the count only to return after a few plays on the same drive. In the second quarter the 49ers announced that Willis, suffering from an undetermined hamstring injury, was doubtful to return later in the game.

Willis, the 2007 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons since being selected 11th overall by the 49ers in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

For more Rams-49ers updates, follow the SB Nation St. Louis storystream, updated regularly throughout the game. For more on Willis’s injury, check out the potentially-worried SB Nation Bay Area.


Adam Goldberg Injury: St. Louis Rams Lineman Back On Field Vs. 49ers

Already without young would-be stars Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith, the St. Louis Rams appeared to lose yet another offensive lineman on Adam Goldberg’s injury Sunday vs. the San Francisco 49ers. Goldberg was helped off the field after A.J. Feeley’s first-down completion to Austin Pettis in the first quarter and was replaced by Thomas Welch, a practice-squad refugee from the Buffalo Bills.

But Goldberg was back on the field a few plays later, and returned later in the drive. The sound you hear is Sam Bradford sighing loudly and trying not to have sack flashbacks.

Goldberg, a guard in a past life, was already pressed into duty out of position—should they lose him for an extended period of time they would officially go from zero depth to negative depth. Goldberg’s been a Ram since 2006, when he was traded for a seventh-rounder following two years as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. If all goes according to plan, he will not have to play anywhere else out of position, at least this afternoon.

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