Record day for Davis

Quick-hit game notes from the 49ers' 28-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams in their 2009 season finale at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

--- Vernon Davis tied the NFL record for TD receptions by a tight end with a career-long 73-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Davis' 13 TD receptions ties TE Antonio Gates (13 TDs in 2004) for the league standard.

--- Davis led the 49ers with six receptions for 89 yards, leaving him as San Francisco's leading receiver for the 2009 season with 78 receptions for 965 yards.

--- The 49ers defense kept the Rams out of the end zone, allowing just 2 field goals. This marks the 5th time this season that the 49ers defense kept an opposing team from scoring a TD. The 49ers finished the season tied with the New York Jets for the NFL lead in most games holding an opponent without a touchdown this season.

--- For the seventh time this season, the 49ers held their opponent to 10 points-or-less, which is tops in the NFL.

--- San Francisco's defense allowed a total of 109 net yards against the Rams, marking the fewest total net yards allowed in a game since December 12, 2000, when the team allowed 104 vs. Chicago.

--- With 8 sacks on the day, the 49ers defense has now registered two or more sacks in 11 games this season. The last time the Niners recorded two or more sacks in at least 11 games was in 2003.

--- The last time the 49ers recorded 8 or more sacks in a game was at St. Louis (10/25/98), when the team totaled 8.

--- The 49ers defense finished the year with 44 sacks, which is the highest team total since 1998 (51 sacks).

--- DT Justin Smith led the way for the 49ers defense, setting a career-high with 3.5 sacks. He combined with LB Parys Haralson on his first one of the day, and later brought down QB Craig Null on a third-down play just before halftime. On the Rams first possession of the second half, Smith sacked Null for an 11-yard loss. Smith sacked QB Kyle Boller for a 9-yard loss midway through the fourth quarter. Smith finished the season with 6.0 sacks and Haralson totaled 5.0.

--- LB Manny Lawson was credited with a sack, running Null out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage. Lawson finished the season with a team-high 6.5 sacks.

--- DT Demetric Evans joined in on the sack parade, bringing down Null for a 7-yard loss. Evans recorded 1.5 sacks on the season.

--- S Dashon Goldson and CB Dre' Bly each registered a sack late in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. It marked Goldson's 2nd sack of the year and Bly's first.

--- RB Frank Gore registered his 9th and 10th rushing TDs of the season, setting a new career-high and tying the 49ers record for most rushing TDs in a season. He joins RB Derek Loville (1995), RB Ricky Watters (1993), RB Billy Kilmer (1961), RB J.D. Smith (1959) and RB Joe Perry (1953) as the other 49ers running backs to register 10 rushing TDs in a season. Gore's previous career-high was 8 rushing TDs in 2006.

--- With 107 rushing yards on the day, this marks Gore's 20th career 100-yd, rushing performance. He is now tied with Perry for the most 100-yd. games in franchise history.

--- Gore finished the season with 1,120 yards on 229 carries, becoming the first running back in the 49ers' 64-year history to rush for 1,000 yards or more on four consecutive seasons.

--- The 49ers allowed just 1,552 rushing yards this season, marking the lowest rushing total allowed by the team since 1997 (1,366 rushing yards).

--- 49ers opponents averaged only 3.6 yds. Per carry this season, the lowest average since 1997 (3.5 yds./car.).

--- The Niners defense allowed 97.0 yds./gm this season. This marks the lowest avg./gm. Since 1997, when the defense allowed just 85.4 rushing yds./gm.

--- FB Moran Norris plowed across the goal line on a 1-yd. TD run, the first rushing TD of his career.

--- The 49ers went 5-1 against NFC West opponents this season. This marks the best division record by the team since 2002.

--- The 49ers had just 24 giveaways this year, the fewest giveaways since 2002 (17).

--- QB Alex Smith and QB Shaun Hill combined to throw 23 TD passes this season, the most in a season by the 49ers since 2003 (25).

--- DT Justin Smith extended his consecutive starts streak to 139 games, which leads all defensive linemen. Arizona DT Darnell Dockett is second at 81 games.

--- S Mark Roman extended his streak to 112 consecutive games played. He ranks 2nd in the NFL among safeties with 112 consecutive games played (Deon Grant, SEA – 144).


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