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Frank Gore Readies for Seattle Test

Posted Sep 11, 2013

After a quiet Week 1, 49ers all-time rushing king Frank Gore is focused on bouncing back in Seattle.

Frank Gore was honest about last season’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16.

“They beat us good,” the 49ers all-time rushing leader said on Wednesday.

Gore made no excuses about the 42-13 loss in Seattle, a game that saw the NFC West rival get out to an early lead and put up the most points allowed in the Jim Harbaugh era.

Gore was asked if San Francisco’s back-and-forth Week 15 battle in New England had any lingering effect on the loss to the Seahawks.

“We had two tough back-to-back games, but I wouldn’t say that,” Gore said. “They just beat us.”

San Francisco’s nine-year veteran running back has enjoyed better days against the Seahawks. In fact, Gore’s 1,238 rushing yards against Seattle are the most against the Seahawks in NFL history.

“If my o-line opens the holes, I’ll run,” Gore said of the previous success against Seattle. “Some of the times when I had success, that’s what it was. My o-line did a great job.”

Coming off a 44-yard rushing game in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, which included an 8-yard carry as his longest run, Gore is hungry to have a bigger showing against Seattle.

“It should be a good game Sunday,” Gore said confidently.

Gore was a big part of Green Bay’s defensive focus to open the season. He felt the attention throughout the game. Although Gore was unable to break big gains to open the 2013 season, San Francisco's featured running back had a 1-yard touchdown plunge to cap a 5-play, 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

It was the game’s go-ahead touchdown, too.

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Despite a quiet afternoon in the stat column (2.1 yards per carry on 21 attempts), Gore remained a factor in the game with his blocking and blitz pickups.

He also didn’t feel alone as the center of Green Bay’s attention.

“It wasn’t just me,” said Gore, referring to the Packers scheme of crowding the line of scrimmage to stop Colin Kaepernick’s running ability.

The 49ers had a pair of big rushing games against Green Bay in 2012 and Gore felt like they were focused on preventing it from happening a third time in a row.

“They weren’t going to let us run the ball like that, but we got the win,” Gore, the team-first player said. “That’s what counts.”

Gore knows that Kaepernick’s perimeter running ability opens up interior running lanes, but the 49ers rarely used the pistol formation to start the 2013 season.

Gore didn’t get into San Francisco’s offensive plans for Sunday night’s primetime game in Seattle, but he did say he was curious to see how the 49ers will be defended now that Kaepernick's coming off a career-high 412-yard passing performance.

“We’ll see what they bring to the table,” Gore said of Seattle's defense. “I want to see what they’ll do now. Kap showed he can run, throw, block, laughs, I want to see what they do now.”

Gore stressed the key to winning in Seattle is to quiet the rowdy home fans with a fast start.

“It’s real loud,” Gore said of Century Link Field. “Hopefully we can go in there, start fast, and we can make their fans be quiet.”

Gore’s not over-thinking the crowd noise, or the words of Seattle's outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman.

“I heard him talk all offseason,” said Gore, when asked about the emerging defensive back. “I guess he’s a good player, everybody talks good about him. Everybody talks good and bad about him, so I guess he’s a good player.

“I don’t worry about him. I worry about the d-linemen, the linebackers, the safeties.”
 

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