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Frank Gore Feels Fresh Entering Week 14

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Frank Gore is upbeat about his health and the 49ers chances of making plays in the running game this Sunday against the Seahawks.

There’s no sulking from Frank Gore these days.

San Francisco’s franchise-leading running back has rushed 41 times for 121 yards and one touchdown in his past three games. And yet, Gore, 10th in the NFL with 821 rushing yards, remains upbeat heading into Sunday’s rivalry game with the Seattle Seahawks.

The 49ers have won two in a row and control their own postseason fate with an 8-4 record.

Gore admitted to being frustrated that opponents have crowded the run box in recent weeks, but San Francisco’s bell cow understands the bigger picture.

“We’re winning,” Gore said on Wednesday. “That’s the big part. That’s the big picture.”

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t look at Gore’s recent efforts in a negative way.

Read: Surging Towards Seattle Matchup

“I don’t call them struggles,” the 49ers coach said. “It’s football. Once again, Frank does so many things for our offense. And, people rush in and call it a struggle if you don’t rush for 100 yards in the game. I don’t see it that way.”

Instead of stressing over recent production, the 49ers running back has turned his attention to Sunday’s home matchup against the NFL’s most talked about team.

Gore has rushed for 1,254 yards against Seattle, the most rushing yards against any opponent in his career.

The Seahawks enter Sunday with the NFL’s No. 13 rush defense and are coming off a one-sided win over the New Orleans Saints on “Monday Night Football.” Gore understands the magnitude and challenge of such a matchup, but the competitive side of the veteran running back won’t let him back down.

“You can tell everyone on their team knows their role,” Gore said when asked for his Seattle scouting report. “They’re playing great together. They’re a good team. We’re a good team. We just have to go out and play 49ers football.

“It’ll be a good game on Sunday.”

Gore’s production has been quieted down in recent weeks, but he still remains a key element in San Francisco’s winning recipe. When Gore surpasses the 100-yard mark, the 49ers are 27-7 all-time.

With Jim Harbaugh as the team’s head coach, the 49ers are 10-0 when Gore passes the century mark.

The 49ers did not mount much of a running game when they were defeated 29-3 in Seattle back in Week 2. Gore was held to nine carries and 16 yards in a loss.

Read: Davis Poised for Seattle Rematch

San Francisco’s offense, however, has evolved since that game. Colin Kaepernick has more passing options with the return of wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham.

Gore believes those additions have changed how defenses will be able to defend the running game in the final four games of the season.

“‘Kap’ has been doing great, our receivers have been doing great,” Gore said, before noting that the locker room has bought into a team-first outlook. “We do whatever it takes. If it’s throwing the ball, we throw the ball. If it’s running the ball, we run the ball.”

Gore’s workload has been lessened in recent weeks, but the positive side is the 30-year-old runner is feeling healthy as ever this late into a season.

“I should be real fresh,” Gore said. “I feel good.”


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