As the San Francisco 49ers beat the Tennessee Titans 31-17 on Sunday to move their record to 5-2 and their current winning streak to four games, the 49ers once again showed a commitment and ability to run the football. While Colin Kaepernick took and stole headlines with what was a very efficient game for him, Frank Gore once again had a good game running the football.
Going into the game against the Titans, Gore had rushed for 417 yards and averaging 5.7 yards per carry. It has been no coincidence that part of the 49ers’ improved play on offense has been a result of the fact that they have gotten back to being a power run team on offense. His play in those three games dispelled and made any talk of him having hit the proverbial wall as a running back in the NFL.
Against the Titans, Gore rushed for 70 yards on 24 carries with two rushing touchdowns in the win. He also had two pass receptions for 34 yards. While the final rushing numbers may not seem like Gore had a good game, anyone that watched the game would be able to tell you otherwise. While Gore did not break off a big run or average more than three yards per carry, he had several carries which helped to keep drives alive for the 49ers.
As the 49ers continue to keep on winning and play more like the team that many of us expected to see from the beginning of the season, the running game will be key. When talking about the 49ers’ running game, Gore’s contribution cannot be understated, and this was evident against the Titans.