Frank Gore: 'Niners were better team'

Updated: February 4, 2013, 2:17 PM ET
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Frank Gore evidently isn't ready to concede to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Following the San Francisco 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, Gore claimed that Baltimore "got away with one."

Gore I just feel like we (were) the better team. They got away with one today. We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there.

-- Niners running back Frank Gore on San Francisco's Super Bowl loss

"It's tough," the Niners star running back said. "I just feel like we [were] the better team. They got away with one today. We showed we were the better team. It was just a couple plays here, a couple plays there."

Gore, who rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, was instrumental in San Francisco's second-half rally. The Niners nearly overcame a 22-point deficit, which would have been the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

But the Ravens ultimately held on thanks to a defensive stand deep within their own territory.

"I think we're the better team," Gore said. "[I'm] just happy the way we kept fighting. Any other team probably would've just laid down, and we let people know what type of guys we've got in the locker room, type of warriors we are. It just didn't happen for us today."

The Niners gained 468 yards of total offense, including 182 rushing yards on 29 carries -- an average of 6.3 yards per attempt. Gore, who averaged 5.8 yards per carry, did not complain about getting just 19 touches in the contest.

"We could've ran on them all day," he said. "We called plays that we thought [were] good, and things didn't happen."

Gore also did not second-guess the 49ers' play calling on their final offensive series.

The four-time Pro Bowler did not receive one carry on the decisive goal-to-go series as the Niners handed off to rookie backup LaMichael James on first down before passing the ball on the final three plays, including Colin Kaepernick's incompletion to Michael Crabtree on fourth down.

"That's why we've got coaches," Gore said. "Every player wanted the ball at that time, but coach [Jim Harbaugh] made a decision, and we tried our best to make it happen.

"You can't say [anything] about it. Our coach did a great job of calling plays all game. Those were the plays he called and it just didn't happen."

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