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49ers vs. Rams: Thumbs up and thumbs down

Alex Smith finally took one hit too many

Which way does the thumb turn for the 49ers after their 24-24 overtime standoff with the St. Louis Rams, including a tie that feels like a loss, Colin Kaepernick almost Captain Comeback, playing the fool to Rams punter Johnny Hekker, Alex Smith taking one hit too many, NaVorro Bowman plugging the middle, Michael Crabtree creating in the red zone, David Akers' big miss and much more? Check inside.

Thumbs down: A tie? At home, against the last-place Rams, a 12-point underdog? No wonder the feeling in the San Francisco locker room afterward was, as linebacker Ahmad Brooks put it, "It actually feels like a loss. It doesn't go in the record as a loss, but it feels like a loss because we know we should have won the game." Thumbs down: Except that the 49ers shouldn't have won the game. They were...

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