San Francisco’s all-time leader in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns has a simple statement for the 49ers Faithful heading into a Saturday night playoff game at Candlestick Park – “Be loud.”
That was Frank Gore’s message in this week’s Niner Talk podcast. The Pro Bowl running back discussed Saturday night’s Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers, but made sure to urge the 49ers fans to make noise when the home defense is on the field.
Gore also touched on his respect for Ray Lewis, his “Thank You” gifts for the 49ers offensive line, plus his relationship with Roger Craig, one of the best runners in San Francisco’s proud history.
For the Green Bay Packers perspective, we welcomed back Mike Spofford, lead writer for Packers.com, to hear his thoughts on Green Bay’s evolving rushing attack, plus the biggest challenges the 49ers defense presents and his storyline of the game.
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Here are some of the highlights from both interviews.
[3:30 – Gore’s thoughts on his freshness entering his second postseason.]
“I feel great. I feel a lot better this year than I did last year. I’ve got to say thanks to my coaches, Coach Tom (Rathman), Coach G-Ro (Roman), Coach Harbaugh, they all help me get through the week. And also, lifting with (strength and conditioning) Coach Uey (Mark Uyeyama), it’s helped me big-time this year, keeping me strong, keeping me fit.”
[8:10 – Gore’s message to the 49ers Faithful.]
“I just want to tell the fans, I’m happy to be back in the playoffs and we want all the 49ers Faithful to be there. On defense, be loud to give the Green Bay Packers trouble. We need ‘em there, we need ‘em loud. We need this win to move on to the next round and to reach our goal and that’s to get to the Super Bowl and bring the trophy back to the Bay Area.”
[9:10 – Spofford’s thoughts on Green Bay’s biggest improvements since Week 1.]
“I think it’s definitely been on defense. I think after the Week 1 game a lot of people were wondering if this would be the same Packers defense as 2011 that gave up a ton of points, yards and big plays, but what the Packers did this year was mix in a lot of young talent. They focused the draft on defense and those players were getting their feet wet. A couple of those players have gotten hurt – Nick Perry and Jerel Worthy were not on the playoff roster. But a lot of the young guys have really come along. A lot can happen in four months and the Packers are a different defense, much improved compared to Week 1.”
[17:00 – Spofford’s storyline of the game.]
“I really want to see can the Packers spread the Niners out and block the Niners’ pass rush without the extra help. The Niners aren’t going to want to send too many extra men at (Aaron) Rodgers because he’s so good against the blitz. The whole key is going to be can the Packers front-five against the front-four. If they do, the Packers like their matchups on the outside, spreading them out… I really think that’s what this game comes down to.”
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