Three plays later, Boldin beat Finnegan again for a 20-yard score with 6:22 left in the half, giving the 49ers a 7-3 lead. From there, San Francisco never looked back, playing with the sense of urgency it will need to catch up to division leader Seattle.
"This was a get-back-on-track game," Gore said. "We lost two in a row, so we knew we couldn't lose again."
NOTES: Pro Bowl LB Patrick Willis (groin) was among the inactives for San Francisco, as was backup CB Nnamdi Asomugha. St. Louis' inactives included starting RT Rodger Saffold for a second straight week, as well as backup RB Isaiah Pead. ... San Francisco WR Quinton Patton came out in the first half with a foot injury and didn't return. ... Finnegan left the game after Boldin's TD catch with a thigh injury and was unable to return.