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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) gets sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) and Ray McDonald in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday in San Francisco.

49ers take out Pittsburgh 20-3

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49ers take out Pittsburgh 20-3
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers were lights-out in their return to prime time, riding their top-ranked run defense again and prevailing through a pair of power outages to beat ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3 on Monday night.

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Vernon Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass for the 49ers (11-3) one play after setting himself up with a 21-yard reception from Alex Smith, Frank Gore ran for a 5-yard score and David Akers kicked field goals of 22 and 38 yards to overtake Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for San Francisco's single-season scoring record.

The Steelers (10-4) missed a key chance to take sole possession of first place in the AFC North and gain the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed.

Roethlisberger, playing on a sprained left ankle that had Big Ben in a walking boot during the week, threw two early interceptions and another in the waning minutes. Even all those Terrible Towel-waving Steelers supporters couldn't will their team when San Francisco's unique home-field advantage became two blackout delays.

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