Friday, September 27, 2013
Gore runs wild between tackles in 49ers win
By ESPN Stats & Information
Scott Rovak/USA TODAY SportsAfter two straight subpar weeks that resulted in consecutive losses for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick got back on track against the St. Louis Rams to snap his team’s losing streak.
Frank Gore ran for 153 yards against the Rams.
Kaepernick threw multiple touchdown passes for the fifth time in his career, all five of which have resulted in 49ers victories.
Kaepernick averaged 9.8 yards per attempt when targeting Anquan Boldin or Vernon Davis, including a pair of touchdowns. When targeting all other receivers, Kaepernick averaged 4.9 yards per attempt with no touchdowns.
Despite the improved numbers on Thursday, Kaepernick continues to struggle on throws of at least 15 yards downfield this season. Kaepernick was 2-of-5 on such throws Thursday. This season, Kaepernick is completing 34 percent of throws at least 15 yards downfield after completing 54 percent of such throws last season, which ranked third in the NFL.
Gore looking young again
Frank Gore had 153 rushing yards, his most in a game since Week 14 of the 2009 season (167 vs Cardinals).
Gore now has 14 career rushing touchdowns against the Rams, the most by any player against the Rams in franchise history. The next-most is 12 by Lenny Moore, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
His touchdown came on a 4th-and-1 at the Rams' 34-yard line. It was the longest fourth-down rushing touchdown by any player since LeSean McCoy's 50-yarder in Week 11 of the 2010 season against the New York Giants.
Gore ran for 115 yards between the tackles. In Gore’s first three games this season, he totaled 88 rushing yards between the tackles. Gore averaged 9.6 yards per carry between the tackles Thursday, the most by a running back in a game this season (minimum 10 such rushes).
Rams' rushing problems
The Rams had trouble running the ball against the 49ers, who had allowed more than 170 rushing yards in each of their previous two games. The 49ers came into the game allowing the fourth-most rushing yards in the NFL this season after allowing the fourth-fewest last season.
The Rams totaled just 18 rushing yards on 19 rushes, the first team with at least 19 rushes and 18 or fewer rushing yards since (coincidentally) the 2008 Rams, who had 19 rushes for 14 rushing yards against the Bears in Week 12.
The Rams' struggles on the ground are nothing new. They now have nine straight games with less than 100 rushing yards, tied with the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers for the longest active streak in the NFL.