(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