49ers vs. Rams: 5 Halftime Adjustments for San Francisco

Aron GlatzerAnalyst IDecember 4, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Alex Smith #11 hands off to Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on December 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers (9-2) have just what the doctor ordered to bounce back from a frustrating performance against the Baltimore Ravens with the St. Louis Rams (2-9) in town for a NFL Week 13 matchup.

The 49ers are closing in on clinching the NFC West, and they'll need to make these halftime tweaks to pull out the win today.

5. Bounce the running game outside.

The 49ers have struggled running between the tackles but have been more successful when Frank Gore has turned outside to the right. They'll need to get him going to be able to pull away from the Rams.

Gore had a big run late in the half on a play that started outside, which Gore cut back to a big hole set up on the inside lane.

4. Send blitzes on A.J. Feeley.

The Rams haven't been able to get anything going offensively, and turned the ball over near their own 10-yard line when Ray McDonald stripped Feeley. The Rams will turn the ball over again if the 49ers can provide more pressure.

3. Capitalize in the red zone.

The 49ers have settled for field goals deep in the red zone, similar to the first half of the Cardinals game. David Akers has been money, but the longer the 49ers let the Rams hang around with blown opportunities, the bigger a possibility for a tight game instead of a blowout.

2. Trust Alex Smith.

Smith has been more locked in than usual. He's hitting most of his passes, and his timing has been perfect getting the balls to receivers coming out of their breaks. Although it's not typically their strategy, the 49ers will benefit from more hot passing in the second half.

1. Vernon Davis needs to play like Vernon Davis.

Davis has been sloppy. With a fumble and a dropped touchdown, he needs to play like the star that he is in the second half. He's been able to run behind linebackers and safeties at will, and he'll need to take advantage of the opportunities that will come with that.