49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs


49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco's offensive player-by-player review vs. Jets will be broken up by position. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com throughout the day for the breakdown on each position group.

Running backs

21-Frank Gore: The Jets focused on stopping Gore, and they mostly did a decent job of that. He ran hard, and managed 62 yards on 21 rushing attempts. His 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter came on a fourth down and gave the 49ers an insurmountable 17-point lead

Gore does so many things well in other areas, too. He caught two passes for 13 yards. He made block on cornerback Kyle Wilson to allow Kaepernick to easily get into the end zone on a 7-yard run at the start of the second quarter, and he picked up safety Eric Smith on a blitz to keep a clean pocket for Alex Smith's 23-yard pass to Vernon Davis late in the first half.

23-LaMichael James: Was not active (coaches' decision).

24-Anthony Dixon: The 49ers' third-string running back got into the game for the final seven plays, gaining 16 yards on seven rushing attempts. He also played 17 snaps as one of the 49ers' core special-teamers.

32-Kendall Hunter: He played 18 snaps on offense and gained 56 yards on eight rushing attempts. He did a good job of following his blockers and making the right cuts at the right times. He ran big near the goal line when he scored on a 1-yard run between the tackles midway through the fourth quarter.

45-Brandon Jacobs: Did not play (left knee). He returned to limited practice last week, and tweeted the following Monday night:

Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's support. I will be off of twitter for the remainder of the season. Time to work!! Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) October 2, 2012

One would believe he should be available to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

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49-Bruce Miller: He played 29 snaps at fullback, and even had a career-long 5-yard gain for some tough yards from the Jets' 11 to the 6 to help set up the 49ers' second TD. He made a good down-block on linebacker Garrett McIntyre on Kaepernick's 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and made another block in the hole on linebacker Bart Scott on 12-yard run by Hunter early in third quarter.

92-Will Tukuafu: He played 12 snaps of offense to go along with three on defense and 11 plays on special teams. On a third-and-1 from the Jets' two-yard line, Tukuafu could not budge Scott as Gore was stopped for no gain. On the next play, he had a block off the left edge on safety LaRon Landry on Gore's two-yard TD run.

Scott held him when Tukuafu was intended receiver at the goal line. The penalty gave the 49ers an automatic first down at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

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49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.