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Frank Gore Goes off in St. Louis

Posted Sep 26, 2013

The San Francisco 49ers lead running back broke out in a big way on Thursday Night, taking 20 carries for a total of 153 yards.

ST. LOUIS – Frank Gore had 153 yards of total offense. The St. Louis Rams had 188 yards of offense.

The San Francisco 49ers lead running back broke out in a big way on “Thursday Night Football.”

Gore picked up gains of 18 yards, 27 yards and had a 34-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter on a fourth down. 

The dominant production, 20 carries for 153 yards, led the way in a 35-11 win for the 49ers (2-2, 1-1) over the Rams (1-3, 1-1).

Gore quieted “erroneous” talk about his unhappiness in San Francisco’s offense. Jim Harbaugh even went as far as to say his star running back laughed with him during the week about talk of Gore being malcontent with the 49ers offensive attack.

Moments after Harbaugh finished making his “erroneous” comment in his postgame press conference, Gore pushed his way through the interview room doors in the Edward Jones Dome, just like he had darted through openings in the St. Louis defense.

Gore walked up to Harbaugh, jokingly grabbed the top of his shoulders and shared a laugh with his coach. Harbaugh had finished his press conference and gave way to the star of the night.

“I gotta holler at you coach,” Gore said enthusiastically as Harbaugh made his way back towards the exit.

Harbaugh looked caught off by the comment, as if he didn’t understand the colloquialism being used by his running back.

“O.K.” Harbaugh said, before smiling and exiting to let Gore have the spotlight.

Gore’s big rushing performance, which tied his fifth-best single-game outing of his nine-year carer, included his 14th career rushing touchdown against Rams. It gave him the most rushing touchdowns against the Rams in St. Louis’ history. 

Gore’s dominance was consistent throughout the game, but he had the Rams on their heels in the third quarter. While St. Louis produced seven net yards of offense in the third quarter. Gore, by himself, had 39 yards on the ground.


“The 49ers are all about winning,” Gore said on a night where his team scored 28 unanswered points in between the second and fourth quarters. “It was a get-back-on-track game. We knew we couldn’t lose again.”

Gore said the 49ers had a “Be us” mantra heading into the game and it turned out to be right on point.

The 49ers had more first downs, more total yards, converted more third-downs and won the time-of-possession battle in a lopsided win coming off the first two-game losing streak in Harbaugh’s coaching tenure.

Much of the team’s offensive success centered on Gore’s hard-running style.

“Frank’s always particularly important,” Harbaugh said. “He did a fabulous job.”

Gore’s best run was on the 4th-and-1 conversion in the second quarter.

The 49ers running back carried out a power running play, one of his trademark runs, following the block of pulling left guard Mike Iupati.

“Iupati did a great job,” Gore said. “I just read it.”

Gore finished the score by using his quarterback’s signature celebration, “Kaepernicking.”

Colin Kaepernick didn’t seem to mind.

“Tens across the board in anything he does,” said Kaepernick, who also called Gore a “Hall of Fame running back.”

Gore said there was special meaning behind the celebration, too.

“I have to give my man some love,” Gore said of Kaepernick. “Everyone was dogging him.”After Thursday night’s effort, Gore and the entire 49ers offense got back on track in a big way.

“As long as we’re the 49ers,” Gore said, “we’ll be alright.”


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