1. Containing Kaepernick
San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick’s ascension to Super Bowl starter can be traced to his first meeting with the Rams a year ago. While entering in relief of Alex Smith, Kaepernick threw for 117 yards and ran for another 84 in a 24-24 tie at Candlestick Park. One year removed from that game, as Kaepernick goes, so does the San Francisco offense. In the 49ers’ lone win of the season, the 49ers’ signal-caller passed for 412 yards in a 34-28 defeat of Green Bay. In the team’s two losses since, Kaepernick has been held to a total of 277 yards and four interceptions.
2. Ground and pound
Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer outlined the need to find running room at his Tuesday press conference.
“Obviously, it’s very important,” Schottenheimer said. “I think you look at both games last year against them, we ran the ball pretty well. We were able to get some chunk runs early in the game, kind of help us with field position and that sets up a lot. It’s never an easy task against them. They are big and physical and the good thing is we’re going to know where they’re going to be. They’re not real complicated – never have been. They play with great fundamentals and technique, but we need to get the running game going.”
3. Protecting Sam
After a string of four consecutive games without allowing a sack, Rams QB
4. Getting in range