Final Win Pulls 49ers All Even for Season

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21: Isaac Bruce #88 of the San Francisco 49ers runs toward the goal line during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers won 17-16. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    Vernon Davis tied the NFL record for touchdown receptions for a tight end with his 13th of the season, helping the San Francisco 49ers finish strong and the lowly St. Louis Rams clinch the No. 1 overall draft pick in a 28-6 victory on Sunday.

    Frank Gore added 107 yards rushing on 23 carries and two late TDs for the 49ers (8-8), who pulled away after a desultory first half in which they mustered only 52 yards and trailed 3-0.

    San Francisco ended a string of six consecutive losing seasons and ended a six-game road losing streak while the Rams (1-15) wrapped up their first winless home schedule since going 0-6 in 1959 and only the third in franchise history.

    In a Rudy-type moment, 16-year veteran receiver Isaac Bruce suited up and took the field.  After taking part in the opening play, Bruce met teammates on the sidelines for a high-jump bump and that was it.

    Bruce played 14 of his seasons in St. Louis with the Rams.

    He hasn't played in more than a month, and it is widely speculated that today's game will be his last.