Crabtree’s touchdown midway through the second quarter gave him a TD reception in five straight games against the Rams. It was his third touchdown in two games, and all of his team-leading four TD catches have come in the last five games.
Kaepernick took over on San Francisco’s next possession after Smith went to the bench to be examined by medical personnel and later left to the locker room with a concussion.
One wild play late in the first half summed up this wacky day on both sides: Hekker, the Rams punter, completed a 21-yard pass to safety Rodney McLeod from the end zone after Chris Culliver left McLeod.
Hekker did it again in the Rams’ 14-play, 18-yard drive over the final minutes of regulation when he faked an end-around and threw a 19-yard completion to Kendricks on fourth-and-8 from the Rams 33. He finished with a notable 118.8 passer rating.
But the defense couldn’t get a stop, allowing Kaepernick to get his team back into field-goal range for Akers to tie it.
Notes: Rams CB Janoris Jenkins and WR Chris Givens were held out for an unspecified team rules violation. Fisher said afterward he isn’t sure if the starters would play next week at home against the New York Jets. ... Rams LT Wayne Hunter played after missing two games with a back injury.
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