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San Francisco 49ers Clinch NFC West With A 26-0 Thumping Of St. Louis Rams

The San Francisco 49ers had no problem wrapping up a playoff spot and a division title against the hapless St. Louis Rams. Alex Smith had one of his best games as a 49ers, and David Akers capped off the scoring with four field goals.

San Francisco was dominant despite needing only 16 first downs. This was thanks to big connections with Smith to Michael Crabtree (52 yard touchdown) and Kyle Williams (56 yard touchdown). San Francisco had the ball for 36 minutes and outgained St. Louis 389 to 157 yards. Smith completed 17 of 23 passes for 274 yards in probably his best performance of the season. San Francisco's defense shut down Steven Jackson with 19 yards, and forced A.J. Feeley to throw 12 of 22 for 156 yards.

Next up for the 49ers? Ensuring a first round bye, which they can do with three wins in their final four games.

To discuss the 49ers clinching the NFC West, head to Niners Nation. To discuss the result of the game with Rams fans, best to go to Turf Show Times.