Going into last Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, it was imperative that the San Francisco 49ers win the rushing battle in this game. After all, the team who had rushed for the most yards had won the previous five meetings in this NFC West division battle. Well, after the 49ers went on to win 19-17, you can now extend that to six, and Frank Gore was a big reason for the 49ers’ success.
In this game, Gore had 17 carries for 110 yards, with his most important run coming on the game-winning drive when he broke off a 51-yard run. When he realized he wasn’t going to break paydirt, he made sure to stay in bounds to keep the clock running. In addition to Gore’s fine day, the 49ers as a team had 33 carries for 163 yards rushing, good for an average of 4.9 yards per carry.
San Francisco did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage and as a result, they were able to run the football as much as they wanted.
As far as Gore’s performance went, it was a typical Gore performance in many ways. While he had some a few carries which gained around two or three yards, he also had others that went for five or six yards in the second half of the game. Then when the 49ers most needed a big gain, Gore broke the 51-yard run on the 49ers’ game-winning drive to cap things off.
Going into the game against the Seahawks, a lot was made about Gore not having had god rushing totals over the prior three games, but a large part of his failures were due to not having Joe Staley and or Mike Iupati playing on the left side of the offensive line due to sprained MCL injuries.
With Staley back, the 49ers’ rushing attack and Gore were able to have more success on the ground, and being able to run on the left side of the formation helped improve things. Just remember, Gore went left on that 51-yard run before cutting back across the field to help win the game.