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Frank Gore Gashes Chiefs for 107 Yards

Posted Oct 5, 2014

The Greg Roman-coordinated offense achieved a balance between the running and passing games, and Gore benefitted.


It makes sense that Frank Gore and Colin Kaepernick have taken the podium together two weeks running.

When both pillars of the offense stand together – on the field and at their press conferences – their San Francisco 49ers seem to do quite well.

Gore rushed for 107 yards and Kaepernick threw for 201 in the team's 22-17 Week 5 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

This came after the duo's equal and successful Week 4 performance, in which Gore gained 119 yards on the ground and Kaepernick racked up 218 through the air.

“Very balanced, really, really good players inside and out," said fullback Bruce Miller, who blocked for both men. "We tried to keep them off balance which way we were going to attack. I think we did a great job of doing that, cutting the defense and giving Frank and Carlos (Hyde) lanes to run in.”

Hyde spelled Gore at times, compiling 43 yards on 10 carries, including an impressive nine-yard run in the first quarter while Gore was getting his ankles taped.

“Carlos was carrying the football really well," Miller said. "So if you’ve got a hot hand, let that guy finish it out. He’s a tough runner. That’s what we were trying to get done – pick up some tough yards, drain the clock, keep the chains moving, and those guys are a great one-two punch.”

But Gore was the bell cow, and this is nothing new.

Since Jim Harbaugh arrived as head coach, the 49ers have had success when number 21 gets his touches and his yards.

“That’s just Frank," right guard Alex Boone said. "I think that’s why everyone was trying to count him out, that’s classic Frank. He runs so hard and so well, a 100-yard day is like nothing. Excited for him, happy for him, and have to keep going.”

The passing game didn't necessarily take a backseat to the running. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman dialed up plays that featured the best of both Gore and Kaepernick, who completed at least one pass to eight different receivers.

"We’re willing to do whatever it takes," Gore said. "If we have to run the ball, pass the ball, we all are going to fight for each other, and we made plays in both. So that’s a great thing for this team.”

Harbaugh put it best.

"Of course, Frank," Jim Harbaugh said, "he can stand in front of a mirror and say, ‘Frank Gore, football player,’ and feel real good about it."

 


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