Frank Gore heads into his second postseason fresher and more determined than ever.
The Pro Bowl running back rushed 258 times in the 2012 regular season, 24 fewer attempts than his 2011 output.
Come Saturday night when the 49ers host the Green Bay Packers in the NFL Divisional Playoff round, the eight-year veteran will look to build on his solid postseason debut where Gore rushed 29 times for 163 yards and caught 13 passes for 83 yards in two postseason games.
Gore averaged 5.6 yards per carry in the 2011 postseason, a full yard more than his career average of 4.6.
Gore, San Francisco’s all-time leader in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, comes into greater focus thanks to a recent story from San Jose Mercury News beat writer Cam Inman who discussed Gore’s leadership and determination to win his first Super Bowl.
According to Inman, Gore bought his offensive linemen Breitling watches, an encore to last season’s Louis Vuitton travel bags.
Inman also shared the comments of former MLB manager Tony LaRussa who is a big fan of Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers team.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined the support Colin Kaepernick receives in both the state of California and Wisconsin.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com wrote about Andy Lee working with both 49ers kickers and being accustomed to holding on both sides.
NFL Network’s Gameday Final Crew previewed Saturday’s Divisional Playoff game against Green Bay.
Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com offers his keys to the matchup, including players to watch on both sides.
49ers.com looked at Justin Smith’s possible return, a trio of players honored by USA Football, Harbaugh’s comments on Kaepernick’s “savant-like” preparation, Joe Staley’s matchup against Clay Matthews and San Francisco’s secondary match up against Green Bay’s healthy wideouts.
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