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Morning Tailgate: Oct. 23

Posted by Taylor Price on October 23, 2012 – 9:52 AM

Many would argue that the San Francisco 49ers’ all-time rushing leader will wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

But still, even in the short term, Frank Gore will be represented in Canton, Ohio.

The Hall of Fame recently received items to display from the team’s history-making performance in a Week 5 win over the Buffalo Bills. In a 45-3 victory, the 49ers became the first team in league history to rush and pass for more than 300 yards in the same game.

To celebrate the achievement, the Hall of Fame is preserving the milestone in the form of a game ball signed by Alex Smith and Frank Gore, plus Gore’s game-worn gloves and shoes.

Gore’s pink Breast Cancer Awareness cleats picked up 106 yards on 14 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run. Smith posted his best outing of his eight-year career that day, finishing the game with 303 passing yards, three touchdowns and a career-best passer rating of 156.2.

49ers.com visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this season and put together a blog with photos and a recap of the experience.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle checked in with Gore who is breathing much better now after dealing with bruised ribs from the Seattle game. Branch: “Gore, who termed it the most painful injury he’s played through, also had difficulty taking deep breaths in the aftermath of a 13-6 win over Seattle. Four days after sustaining the injury, though, he went though Monday’s non-contact practice and expressed optimism that he’ll play on Oct. 29 at Arizona.”

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the 49ers are mindful about not misusing Colin Kaepernick off the bench. Inman: “Coach Jim Harbaugh said last week that Kaepernick is merely “an added weapon” and that the 49ers are happy to get “plenty of everything” from Smith.”

Inman also shared the congratulatory messages from 49ers players after the San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shares the comments of LaMichael James who’s working diligently behind the scenes despite being inactive all season.

49ers.com checked in Gore and his offensive guards, Mike Iupati and Alex Boone to discuss the success of San Francisco’s rushing attack.



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11 Responses to “Morning Tailgate: Oct. 23”

  1. By temper11 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply


  2. By temper11 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations Alex and Frank! Awesome to be honored and commemorated in the HOF while still playing the game. I’m not by any means a HOF expert, but I’d think that is a pretty small group of people who share that distinction. It was a fantastic game that I was lucky enough to be at. Thanks for the show.

  3. By bow53 on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    nice to know frank g. is doing fine,so is joe staley, now looking forward for the next game another divisional game,we need to involve jacobs here hopefully…i’m pretty sure his gonna contribute big , i sound like a broken record here but i know in my mind his big factor in the game and more game to come…and once again will be alright……

  4. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply


  5. By 11yearswithalex on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you Frank Gore for all you do and went through over 7 years since the first 5 were getting pounded while alex learned….is still learning the first steps at becomeing a real QB with talents and grit …..Thank you Gore for your good reads and nice blocks as well as those break out runs we all love to see……

  6. By temper11 on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    11, if it (the recent troubled past) was all on Alex’s shoulders… if he was really the sole reason for all the losses, why is he still here?

    Countless other QB’s, both veteran and rooks, have come – been tried – and gone.

    He (Smith) had numerous head coaches, numerous offensive coordinators… all of them had the opportunity to move on long ago. These are professional football people at the very highest level. It’s not one person who made the decision to stay with Smith, it has been many.

    The 49ers as an organization could have contractually rid themselves of Smith a number of times already, if they felt he was the problem. In fact, it would have been a far more popular decision from a fan perspective to get rid of him long ago. The majority of fans, such as yourself, have laid the problems of the 49ers, and the fault of their own miserable lives, squarely on Alex’s shoulders for years. It would have been easy for the 49ers to cut ties and move on. Yet they didn’t.

    Those who stand to gain the most from winning, the other players on the team, stand by Alex – unequivocally. Frank, as you rightfully thank for his years of tireless service, has always had Alex’s back. Vernon Davis, possibly the one person who stands the most to gain from a hotshot QB has never wavered in his defense of Alex. In this day and age of absolutely no loyalty between teammates or loyalty between players and organization, if Smith is as bad as you say he is, why on earth would he still be here?

    Smith detractors are limited to the media and fans, both of which who only have the intellectually capacity to focus their attention on the shiniest object in the room.

  7. By 9erdog on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wow temper11: good read!

  8. By 9erdog on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Right now we are not playing the best football we can Play, but I’m not all that sure thats bad? At best we’re playing just good enough to win, and in my option thats not championship football. But with our feel good coaching staff, and the talent we have on this team … WE CAN DO IT!
    But right about now would be a good time to incorporate the players that haven’t been playing, their gonna need time to get up to speed ,,,,

  9. By bow53 on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    WELL SAID……..temper 11

  10. By 49erdefense2012 on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply


  11. By temper11 on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks guys…

    I’m afraid I posted it too late… as there isn’t much action on this thread anymore. But I’m glad a few of you read it.

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