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Morning Tailgate: Room to Run vs. Seahawks

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Fullback Bruce Miller said that if San Francisco can win individual battles against Seattle's eight-man front, Frank Gore can get going.

The Seattle Seahawks have the NFL’s best defense. That’s what the number say.

That’s also what some Seahawks may remind the 49ers of on Sunday afternoon at Candlestick Park.

“We’re not trying to win tough-guy battles in between the whistles,” fullback Bruce Miller said after Tuesday's practice. “We’re trying to win ‘em during the play.

“So far, they have a reason to (talk); they’ve played great on defense.”

The Pete Carroll-coached unit limits its opposition to 284.5 yards per game. Only the Carolina Panthers, at 289.8, also hold offenses under the 300-yard threshold.

That said, the Seahawks defense ranks 13th in the NFL against the run, yielding 107.2 of those yards on the ground. 

This gives Miller – and running back Frank Gore – reason for cautious optimism entering the rivals’ Week 14 matchup. Colin Kaepernick gained 87 of San Francisco's 100 yards in the ground game in their last duel, at Seattle in Week 2.

“It’s going to be a good test for our offense,” Miller said. “Lot of eight-man fronts, guys have to win individual battles and Frank has to hit the hole. If it’s there, I know he will.

“We want to show everyone what we can do against a really good team. It could definitely be a statement game.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle caught up with Jack Harbaugh to talk consulting.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com quoted Vernon Davis on his prep for Seattle’s secondary.

Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group argued that this isn’t just any game.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee checked in with LaMichael James on the return game.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com asked who the team’s MVP is so far this season.

Janie McCauley of the Associated Press focused on the 49ers attempt to stay composed.





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