Locker Room Buzz: San Francisco 49ers

ST. LOUIS -- Observed in the locker room following the San Francisco 49ers' 35-11 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Staley seems fine: It looks as if standout left tackle Joe Staley is going to be OK. It was a harrowing scene late in the game when Staley went down. He was on the turf for several moments. However, Staley walked off the field on his own and was seen leaving the X-ray room without a noticeable limp.

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said it looks as though the team “dodged a bullet."

Kaepernick responds: Teammates were very happy for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He was taking a lot of heat after the 49ers played poorly on offense the past two weeks. Kaepernick responded with a strong game Thursday night.

Bowman steps up: There were lots of pats on the back for linebacker NaVorro Bowman. He was all over the field and led the defense with linebacker Patrick Willis out with a groin injury.

Back to basics: Running back Frank Gore, who had 153 yards rushing, said the 49ers simply “went back to being us” in the win.