49ers secure playoff bye with win over Rams

Sun Jan 1, 2012 4:31pm EST
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(Reuters) - The San Francisco 49ers clinched a first round bye in the National Football League (NFL) playoffs with a 34-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

The 49ers finished the regular season with a 13-3 record, bettered only by the NFC top seed and defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree collected on two touchdown passes - one from starting quarterback Alex Smith and a second from kicker David Akers on a faked field goal attempt.

The 49ers, with head coach Jim Harbaugh in his first season as a NFL head coach, had already secured the NFC West division title.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)