Halftime: Gore reaches 100 yards for fourth game in a row


Halftime: Gore reaches 100 yards for fourth game in a row

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Frank Gore has already gone over the 100-yard mark for the fourth consecutive game and is closing in on No. 2 on the 49ers' all-time rushing list.Gore rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the 49ers built a 17-3 lead over the Cleveland Browns at halftime Sunday at Candlestick Park.Gore entered the game in need of 110 yards to overtake Roger Craig as the No. 2 all-time leading rusher in 49ers history. Gore now has 7,058 career yards. Craig had 7,064 rushing yards with the 49ers. Joe "The Jet" Perry ranks No. 1 on the 49ers' list with 7,344 yards.Sunday's game marks the first time in Gore's career he has rushed for more than 100 yards in four consecutive games.
The 49ers set the tone immediately when Ahmad Brooks beat former 49ers lineman Tony Pashos for a sack and forced fumble of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Isaac Sopoaga recovered for the 49ers on the Cleveland 20-yard line.Four plays later, Gore punched it over from 4-yard out for a 7-0 lead with 12:44 remaining in the first quarter. Alex Smith later hit Michael Crabtree with a 2-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 17-0 lead.Browns kicker Phil Dawson nailed a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.Receiver Braylon Edwards returned to the lineup and caught three passes for 29 yards to lead the 49ers. Smith completed 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first half.Joe Staley, the 49ers' left tackle, got into the act. He reported as eligible receiver on the 49ers' second drive. Staley caught a pass from Alex Smith, turned up field and gained 17 yards.The play, which came after Gore and Kendall Hunter had runs of 24 and 26 yards on back-to-back plays, helped set up David Akers' 29-yard field goal.Tight end Vernon Davis missed seven plays in the first half with an apparent left arm injury. Defensive end Ray McDonald has a left hamstring strain that might keep him out of the second half.

Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions


Shanahan: Beathard's play will have 'a ton' of influence on future decisions

SANTA CLARA – While rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is taking a micro view of his promotion, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is not shy about admitting he is looking at the big picture.

Shanahan said how Beathard performs after replacing Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback will have “a ton” of influence on how the 49ers proceed during the offseason.

After all, the 49ers know every position will come under tremendous scrutiny as the organization looks to add the pieces that will make the club competitive.

“That’s for every position. That’s for every player on our team. That’s for every coach on our team,” Shanahan said. “We’re 0-6, and that’s extremely tough. But I’m extremely excited about this place and excited about where we’re at and where we’re going. There’s not a moment that I don’t waste thinking about that stuff.”

Beathard will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium.

Hoyer failed in his bid to earn consideration as the 49ers’ quarterback for the remainder of this season and beyond during his six starts. Hoyer completed just 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and four interceptions. His passer rating was 74.1.

Now, Beathard gets his chance. But he said he is not thinking about the big picture and what it might mean for the future.

“I’m really just trying to take it one day, one week at a time,” Beathard said. “I’m not looking that far ahead. Right now, my focus is on today’s practice and geared towards beating the Cowboys and doing the best we can to get better and improve.”

Beathard was pressed into action last week when Hoyer’s struggles continued at Washngton. Beathard stepped in and completed 19 of 36 passes for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. For the first time, Beathard is getting the first-team practice snaps with a game plan that is designed specifically for him.

Said Beathard, “Getting those extra reps, reps with guys that you don’t usually throw to, in the huddle with the guys that are out there, I think it’ll help a lot.”

Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates


Joe Montana: Dwight Clark appreciates all the support from former teammates

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”