Quick-hit notes: Last 3-0 start led to title

Quick-hit game notes from Sunday's 35-0 blowout of the St. Louis Rams that put the 49ers in firm command of the NFC West at the quarter pole of the season.

--- The 49ers improved their record to 3-0 in the NFC West with their third consecutive win over the Rams. The last time the team started 3-0 in the division was in 2002. The 49ers finished with a 10-6 record and won the NFC West that year.

--- The 49ers have won 5 straight games at home dating back to last season. Quarterback Shaun Hill improved his record to 7-0 at Candlestick Park as the team's starter.

--- Today marked the first 49ers shutout since January 6, 2002 at New Orleans, 38-0. The last home shutout came 21-0 vs. the Miami Dolphins on December 16, 2001.

--- This marked the seventh time that the 49ers shut out the Rams, the first since September 8, 1996 (34-0) in San Francisco.

--- Today marked the first time the 49ers scored 3 non-offensive touchdowns in a game since December 11, 1966 vs. Chicago.

--- The 35-point margin of victory was the 49ers biggest margin since a 50-14 win at Arizona on December 7, 2003.

--- The 49ers defense held the Rams to only 9 first downs. That is the fewest first downs allowed since September 7, 2003, vs. Chicago (8). It marked the second time this season the 49ers defense allowed just 1 rushing first down (at Arizona).

--- The 177 yards allowed by the 49ers defense are the fewest allowed since September 7, 2003, in a 49-7 win vs. Chicago (127 yards allowed).

--- The 49ers defense also held the Rams to only 82 yards passing. This marks the fewest passing yards allowed in a game since November 13, 2005, at Chicago (69).

--- The 28 points scored in the second half are tied for the most points in the second half by the 49ers since 1991. The 49ers scored 28 points in the second half vs. St. Louis (12/27/98) and at San Diego (12/3/00).

--- Today is the first time the 49ers have posted a touchdown on special teams, offense and defense in the same game since 11/10/97, in a 24-12 win at Philadelphia.

--- Both offensive touchdowns came on passes from quarterback Shaun Hill, who hit tight end Vernon Davis for a 13-yard score and wide receiver Josh Morgan for a 24-yard score.

--- Davis recorded his third touchdown reception in two games and now leads the team with 17 receptions for 211 on the season.

--- Defensively, the 49ers scored on a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown by LB Patrick Willis and an 11-yard fumble recovery return by DT Ray McDonald.

--- On special teams, rookie Scott McKillop scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone after a muffed punt.

--- McKillop's touchdown marked the second consecutive week that the special teams unit registered a touchdown. The last time the 49ers recorded special teams touchdowns in two consecutive games was vs. Philadelphia (10/12/08) and at N.Y. Giants (10/19/08).

--- The last time the 49ers scored two defensive touchdowns in the same game was on October 2, 2005 vs. Arizona (at Mexico City). LB Derek Smith recovered a fumble in the end zone and CB Derrick Johnson recovered a fumble and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown.

--- Willis interception is the third of his career and the second he has returned for a touchdown, the other coming last season against the Seattle Seahawks.

--- McDonald's score marked his first career fumble recovery and touchdown. It also marked the first fumble recovery for a touchdown by the 49ers since 11/25/07 at Arizona (Tully Banta-Cain recovered a QB Kurt Warner fumble in the end zone).

--- The 5 sacks registered by the 49ers defense are the most since October 5, 2008, vs. New England, when the defense also has five sacks.

--- LB Patrick Willis registered a career-high 2.5 sacks. It also marked the second time he notched more than one sack in a game (2.0 vs. Tampa Bay, 12/23/07).

--- The 2.5 sacks by Willis are the most by a 49ers linebacker since LB Julian Peterson notched 2.5 sacks vs. St. Louis (9/11/05).

--- LB Takeo Spikes sacked Boller in the second quarter for his first sack of the season. It was Spikes' 24.5 career sack and his first since December 21, 2008 at St. Louis.

--- LB Manny Lawson and Willis combined to bring down Bulger on the Rams first possession in the third quarter. It marked the first sack of the season for Lawson.

--- S Dashon Goldson notched his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

--- TE Delanie Walker recorded a career-long 16-yard run in the third quarter.

--- RB Glen Coffee made his first career start and rushed for 74 yards on 24 carries and led the team with four receptions for 32 yards.

--- QB Shaun Hill, WR Jason Hill and LB Takeo Spikes all donned pink cleats today for Breast Cancer Awareness. Numerous players also sported pink gloves and wristbands.



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