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Frank Gore expresses frustration with 49ers' failings

Frank Gore expresses frustration with 49ers' failings

SANTA CLARA – Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore took a place in NFL history on Sunday. But later that evening, his attention shifted to the issues facing his first team.

Tom Rathman, the 49ers’ running backs coach, said on the 49ers Insider Podcast this week that he spoke with Gore on Sunday -- after the Colts’ 31-26 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Gore expressed his disappointment to Rathman after the 49ers’ 41-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday dropped San Francisco’s record to 1-7.

“I just talked to him (Sunday). He’s doing good. They won the game. He had a couple of touchdowns, so he’s gleaming right now," Rathman said. "(He’s) a little frustrated with how the Niners are doing. He made that comment. I think he’s a true Niner for always, when it’s all said and done.”

Gore rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers. He also caught two passes. He became the fifth player in NFL history with at least 12,500 rushing yards and 400 receptions.

Gore, a third-round draft pick in 2005, is the 49ers’ all-time leading rusher. He is No. 9 on the NFL’s all-time list with 12,632 yards. He is 107 yards behind Tony Dorsett for No. 8.
 

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo 'got some heat' from The Faithful

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49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo 'got some heat' from The Faithful

SANTA CLARA -- One of the big obstacles that kept Jimmy Garoppolo sidelined for his first three games with the 49ers was adapting to his new team’s terminology.

Learning the language of Kyle Shanahan’s playbook was one thing. Learning how to properly address the 49ers’ fan base provided another learning moment this week.

Garoppolo will make his first start at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. After back-to-back road victories at Chicago and Houston, Garoppolo said he is looking forward to playing in front of his home fans.

“It’ll be fun,” Garoppolo said. “Our home fans -- ‘The Faithful,’ I found out, got some heat for that, for saying, ‘49ers Nation.’ But, ‘The Faithful,’ they’re an awesome fan base. It’ll be fun to get in front of them this Sunday.”

Garoppolo said he received some feedback this week from a friend who was monitoring Garoppolo’s mentions on social media after the 49ers' victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Garoppolo referred to the overwhelming support the team received at NRG Stadium in their 26-16 victory.

"I mean, 49ers Nation, I said it in the locker room before it was loud out there," Garoppolo said on Sunday. "There were a couple of 49ers chants that you heard. I was shocked this being the first time I’ve really seen that. It’s impressive how well they travel. That just makes it great and gives up that much more energy on the sideline.”

The reaction was swift, and Garoppolo set out to correct his error Wednesday during his next appearance in front of the media.

“My friend sent me a couple of tweet reactions,” Garoppolo said. “They didn’t get on me, it was in a good way. I don’t know who they were specifically. My friends in a group text all texted me like, ‘Man you’ve got to get this right. Come on, these are your fans now.’ So it was just a little funny thing.”

49ers take on role of spoiler down the stretch

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49ers take on role of spoiler down the stretch

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers’ three victories over their past four games have come against teams in the bottom quarter of the league.

The competition gets a lot more challenging for Jimmy Garoppolo and Co., as the 49ers close out the season against three teams currently jockeying for playoff positioning.

First up, the Tennessee Titans, who come to Levi’s Stadium on Sunday as the current No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs with an 8-5 record. After back-to-back road victories, the 49ers can finish the season with some momentum against teams that are playing for their postseason lives.

“I think getting these last two have been big for us,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We got close in a number (of games) early in the year and then came up short, which I think got real frustrating. We hit a lull with that and with the little bit of injuries in the same span.

“Then, I thought we rebounded where it started versus the Giants, then had a setback versus Seattle and then played better versus Chicago and that led to us playing better last week versus Houston. I hope that continues to lead us into playing better this week. The more you win, that’s how you develop real confidence and the more you win players believe truly that they have a chance to win instead of just hoping. The more that happens, the easier it gets.”

Garoppolo will face his biggest tests since arriving on the scene with the 49ers. His 624 yards passing the past two games are the most in franchise history for a player making his first two starts.

But after facing the Titans (8-5), the 49ers conclude the season against Jacksonville (9-4) and the Los Angeles Rams (9-4).

“We have a little bit of momentum with us right now,” Garoppolo said, adding that the 49ers first must concentrate on putting together good practices.

“I think that’s what’s really helped us these last two weeks is we’re putting in the time, practice has been good tempo and everything and I think that carries over to Sunday.”

After facing Tennessee, which as the league’s No. 18 pass defense, the 49ers face the best pass defense in the league when the Jaguars come to Levi’s Stadium on Christmas Eve.