The San Francisco 49ers proved one thing in their victory over division rival the St. Louis Rams, and that is that veteran running back Frank Gore is the offensive player they need to win. Gore rushed for over 100 yards in the first half of the game and ended up with 153 total rushing yards by the end of regulation. Head coach Jim Harbaugh finally made the decision to rely on Gore and his running ability as opposed to quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his throwing ability. It was not only Gore who performed well in the run game with his 7.7 yards per carry average; backup running back Kendall Hunter had 49 yards on just 11 carries.
The game began rather slowly with the exception of Gore. Harbaugh remembered that for the passing game to work, the running back has to run. This will need to be the formula moving forward if the 49ers want to win games. Whenever they try to rely on the passing game as a primary offensive game plan, it results in two embarrassing losses back to back.
Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin benefited the most from the run game as he returned to form with catching five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Once again, Boldin himself accounted for more than half of Kaepernick’s passing statistics. The third-year quarterback only passed 167 yards and two touchdowns. This may have to be the formula for success for San Francisco: run the football with a game-managing quarterback.