As the San Francisco 49ers entered their Week 4 contest against the St. Louis Rams, they were on a two-game losing streak and were having issues running the football. They were unable to get Frank Gore going during those two games, but against the Rams in Week 4 all Gore did was rush for 153 yards and had a rushing touchdown in a game that the 49ers won 35-11.
As the 49ers enter their Week 13 game against the Rams they don’t head into the game on a two game losing streak. But they have had issues running the football in their last two games with Gore unable to get off for a productive game. In the last two games, Gore has had 26 carries for 79 yards, nowhere near what he is capable of as a rusher. Given what is at stake for the 49ers on Sunday against the Rams, however, Gore will need to be an integral part and a major contributor on offense in order for the 49ers to come out victors.
Against the New Orleans Saints, the inability to get Gore off and rushing the football as well as he could have saw the 49ers unable to sustain several drives during a game which they ended up losing on a last second field goal. If Gore was able to be productive in that game this could have been the difference between winning or losing like they eventually did. Against the Washington Redskins Gore’s lack of production did not hurt the 49ers since Colin Kaepernick had a good passing game, but not being able to rush the football against a poor rush defense was a bit concerning.
Unlike earlier in the season when the 49ers’ inability to run the football up to their abilities might have been viewed as the beginning of the end for Gore, his performances from Week 4 on have shown he is still one of the best running backs in the NFL. With an important divisional game on Sunday against the Rams, the 49ers will need Gore to be a viable contributor in order to ensure a win.