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SANTA CLARA -- The St. Louis Rams’ attempt to catch the 49ers sleeping did not fool cornerback Chris Cook on Monday night.
“Chris Cook did a fantastic job on special teams,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “A heads-up, alert play. They lined up for a fake punt, and Chris diagnosed it.”
Early in the fourth quarter, the Rams had a fourth-and-15 situation at their own 27-yard line. Their offense ran off the field, but quarterback Austin Davis stopped before exiting the field.
He remained, hands on hips, near the sideline. He likely would have been an intended pass target of punter Johnny Hekker, if Cook failed to notice Davis.
Cook recognized Davis had remained on the field and went out wide to cover him.
When the Rams saw that Cook was all over the Rams’ attempt at trickery, they let the play clock expire for a delay-of-game penalty.