Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/16/14
A late fourth-quarter fumble as the San Francisco 49ers were trying to run out the clock against the St. Louis Rams cost them the lead and game on Sunday. The Niners were leading the Rams 10-2 with around three minutes left in the game and had a 3rd-and-3 at their 17. They ran an option, but quarterback Colin Kaepernick botched his pitch to receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who was lined up as a tailback. Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins swooped in to pick up the loose ball and return it two yards for a touchdown. This was the third touchdown in the last two weeks scored by Jenkins, who returned two interceptions for a score against the Cardinals. With the team down 10-8, the Rams elected to go for two. They had a false start penalty push them back, but Sam Bradford found Lance Kendricks for the conversion to tie the game. Luckily for San Francisco, Kaepernick did what he does best and broke off a 50-yard run on the second play of the Niners’ ensuing drive to get them in field goal range. After using up some clock, they kicked a 33-yard field goal to go up 13-10. However, they allowed the Rams to kick a tying field goal in the final seconds of regulation, sending the game to overtime where St. Louis won 16-13 on another field goal. Jim Harbaugh is often a masterful tactician, but you have to question the play call. Why call for an option where the ball is pitched by the goal line in that situation? Kaepernick ran the option his entire college career, so he should be expected to make a pitch like that, but why take that risk? I wouldn’t use this loss as a reason to switch quarterbacks and go back to Alex Smith, but I would be extremely unhappy if I were a 49ers fan. This is a game they should have won. And those who are calling for Smith to start again should remember that Delanie Walker dropped what should have been a touchdown pass from Kaepernick that would have likely given them the game. I would continue to stick with the youngster if I were them.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Panthers coach replaces break-in victims’ Christmas presents

Bruce Arians benches Logan Thomas on Christmas Day

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Richard Sherman: Marshawn Lynch having MVP season

Curt Schilling tweeted advice to Johnny Manziel

Aaron Rodgers buys TVs for Packers teammates

Harbaugh smiled when asked about Michigan's bday tweet

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Police: Fire that burned down McClain's home 'suspicious'

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

The year’s 10 most notable sports media stories

'Roberto' Gronkowski wishes Pats fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

WATCH: LeBron gets standing ovation from Heat fans in return

15 defunct bowls that leave the holidays feeling empty

Should the NFL's playoff seeding system change?

WATCH: Kenny Smith pushes Shaq into a Christmas tree

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Quincy Acy ejected for throwing punch at John Wall

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Is the NFL playoff system heading south?

WATCH: Announcer botches call

Police: McClain fire 'suspicious'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.