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Friday, October 11, 2013
49ers likely to stick with ground game

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers have gotten back on track the past two weeks by being the San Francisco 49ers.

Meaning they have run the ball on offense and stopped the run defensively, fueling victories over St. Louis and Houston by a combined score of 69-14 and improving to 3-2. Expect the offensive game plan to be the same Sunday at home when San Francisco hosts the Arizona Cardinals.

The 49ers have rushed for at least 175 yards in their past two games. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that’s the first time they've done that in 12 seasons. Frank Gore is averaging a 6.3 yards a carry in the past two games. Expect to see a lot of Gore on the ground against the Cardinals.

Defensively, the 49ers' stout run defense could be a mismatch for the Cardinals, who are struggling to move the ball on the ground.

The Cardinals have rushed for fewer than 100 yards in 11 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Info. So expect the 49ers to try and take advantage of what they do best on both sides of the ball Sunday.