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Thursday, September 19, 2013
49ers need to get ground attack going

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – There’s no doubt the San Francisco 49ers need to unearth their running game.

Its limited success didn't hurt them in a 34-28 Week 1 victory over Green Bay. However, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the passing game struggling in the 29-3 loss at Seattle on Sunday, San Francisco sorely missed its ground attack.

The 49ers are averaging 3.5 yards per carry through two games, 17th in the NFL. Last season, they averaged 5.1 -- third in the league. Starting running back Frank Gore has 60 yards on 30 carries this season -- after 1,214 yards on 258 attempts in 2012.

Getting it rolling on the ground is a major goal Sunday against the visiting Indianapolis Colts. Fullback Bruce Miller, part of the group that blocks for Gore, said it's time for the entire offense to help break Gore loose.

“It’s tough on Frank,” Miller said. “That's our guy, that's our workhorse -- he puts the team on his back."

Gore said Green Bay and Seattle keyed on stopping the run -- but that shouldn't stop the 49ers from trying to get on the right track.

“We have to get better in the running game,” Gore said. "We have to get it done. There are lot of teams playing us (tough) -- we still have to find a way to get it done.”