For most running backs in the NFL, their production starts to dip as they approach their 30th birthday. But 49ers rushing king Frank Gore isn’t like most running backs.
The franchise’s all-time leader in yards, touchdowns and carries is still a workhorse in the backfield at the age of 29. Last week against the Packers, the eight-year veteran ran for 119 yards, joining Colin Kaepernick (181 rushing yards) and Michael Crabtree (119 yards receiving) as the only trio in NFL playoff history to feature two, 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver on the same team.
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated traced Gore’s career and his ability to bounce back from devastating injuries and still be one of the game’s most productive backs.
“His resiliency is largely due to genetics and toughness, but there is an ample dose of passion in the recipe,” Trotter wrote. “It might not be as public as a Ray Lewis pre-game dance or speech, but it’s obvious behind the closed doors of the locker room, where the soft-spoken 5-foot-9, 217-pound veteran has been known to cry at his locker after losses, or on the practice field, where during training camp in 2007 coaches had to hide his helmet because he kept sneaking onto to the practice field despite having a broken hand.”
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Today’s Morning Tailgate also focuses on Colin Kaepernick in the national spotlight, NFC Championship matchups to watch and more.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times spoke to Kaepernick’s older brother, Kyle, about his kid brother’s success.
Jeffery Chadiha of ESPN.com said Jim Harbaugh’s decision to start Kaepernick will pay big dividends for the 49ers.
Demian Bulwa of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Kaepernick’s father, Rick, about the family’s reaction to Colin’s success.
Nate Stuhlbarg of CSNBayArea.com labeled Kaepernick as a new breed of NFL quarterback.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group discussed Kaepernick’s ability to bounce back from interceptions.
Josh Dubow of the Associated Press focused on Kaepernick’s role in bringing the Pistol offense to the NFL.
John Parolin of ESPN Stats and Info took a statistical look at Kaepernick’s impact.
NFL.com gives you a behind-the-scenes look of the 49ers-Packers game with the NFL Network show Sound FX.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed Harbaugh’s tactic of placing high school rankings above the players’ lockers.
Evan Silva of RotoWorld.com took a look at three key matchups for both conference championships.
Sports Illustrated put together a photo gallery of 10 storylines to follow this weekend.
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com discussed the possibility of a HarBowl in the Super Bowl.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Greg Roman’s ability to keep the opposing defense guessing.
Maiocco analyzed the upcoming chess match between Roman and Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examined the athletic 49ers offensive line.
Sports Illustrated looked ahead to the possible role of Vernon Davis and how he could expose the Falcons defense.
Mike Sando and Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com went back and forth discussing the 49ers-Falcons matchup.
Farmer previewed the NFC Championship between San Francisco and Atlanta.
Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee noted the players’ mindset entering the second straight NFC Title game.
Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to LaMichael James about Chip Kelly entering the NFL coaching ranks.
49ers.com’s coverage included a look at Harbaugh’s motivational tactics, Justin Smith’s toughness, Kaepernick’s ability to stay calm under pressure, Andy Lee’s return to the South and Jonathan Goodwin’s role on the athletic o-line. We also brought you a look at the 49ers entering the field, Jim Harbaugh’s press conference (video / transcript), along with Kaepernick, Smith and Willis.
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