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While at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh brought his entire staff to the campus of Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton to learn the "fly sweep" from Gators head coach Pete Lavorato. It's paying dividends for the 49ers offense.

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Yes, it was the Rams, but the 49ers defense showed up in a big way Sunday. They lost leader Patrick Willis after five snaps and still kept St. Louis from scoring.

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San Francisco was limited to field goals in the first, but a couple of second-half TD passes against the Rams left the 49ers confident in their offensive execution. Read Matt Maiocco's comprehensive breakdown.

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Linebacker Patrick Willis is expected to miss practice time and "probably" the 49ers' game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals with a right hamstring injury, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Monday.

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Jim Harbaugh declined to put any kind of timetable on Willis' availability. The 49ers will have a better idea of the middle linebacker's condition on Wednesday.

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Jim Tomsula said he always knew the nucleus of the 49ers was good enough -- and comprised of the right kind of people -- to win the NFC West.

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Frank Gore: "As long as we get the win, hey, I'm good with whatever happens, whether it's running or passing, whatever, as long as we win."

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Rookie Aldon Smith demonstrated both power and speed Sunday with two sacks against the Rams, which brought him closer to the 49ers' rookie sack record set by Charles Haley in 1986.

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Alex Smith had two long pass plays that went for touchdowns against St. Louis, and could have had a third if Vernon Davis had held on to a perfectly thrown ball in the second quarter.

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49ers PresidentCEO Jed York was a junior at Notre Dame when the 49ers won their last divisional title in 2002. He is excited about the milestone, but reiterates the team is nowhere near satisfied.

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Alex Smith and Frank Gore were both drafted by the 49ers in 2005, and in their first six years in San Francisco, the team averaged nearly 10 losses per season. On Sunday, they became NFC West champions.

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Linebacker Patrick Willis is scheduled to undergo an MRI examination Monday on his right hamstring after exiting Sunday's game in the first quarter. The injury is not believed to be serious.

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Alex Smith, Kyle Williams and the 49ers' offense looked sharp, the defense pitched a shutout, and Jim Harbaugh's squad dominated the Rams from start to finish, giving San Francisco its first NFC West title in nine years.

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Linebacker Patrick Willis, a 49ers four-time Pro Bowl selection in his first four NFL seasons, sustained a right hamstring strain in the first quarter against the St. Louis Rams and was doubtful to return to action.

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Frank Gore etched his name into the 49ers' record book Sunday as the franchise's all-time NFL rushing leader in the second quarter Sunday against the Rams.

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