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49ers vs. Rams 2012: Game preview, kickoff time, TV schedule and more

With Colin Kaepernick securely at the helm, San Francisco travels to St. Louis to face an NFC West rival in Week 13

Brian Bahr

The 49ers bring a new face into the Edward Jones Dome to face the St. Louis Rams in Week 13. Head coach Jim Harbaugh has announced that second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick will start for San Francisco, leaving a healthy Alex Smith on the bench. Kaepernick started two weeks ago when Smith was suffering from a concussion and has taken the league by storm, winning games against the Bears and New Orleans.

The Rams faced a Smith-led 49ers team in Week 10 and fought them to a 24-24 tie. Since then St. Louis lost 27-13 to the Jets and defeated the Cardinals 31-17, giving them a 4-6-1 record overall. Quarterback Sam Bradford has been underwhelming, throwing 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 games. He will have his hands full with a 49ers defense that is the best in the NFL at preventing scoring, just 14.1 points per game.

The 8-2-1 49ers have a 2.5 game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. The Rams (3-0-1) and the 49ers (2-0-1) are both undefeated in division play.

The 49ers are 7-1-1 in their last nine games against the Rams, dating back to 2008.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, December 2; 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

TV Schedule: FOX

TV Distribution: The506

Radio Schedule: AM 680 KNBR

For more on the 49ers, head over to Niners Nation. For more on the Rams, check out Turf Show Times. Follow the rest of Week 13 in the NFL at SB Nation NFL.