San Francisco running back Frank Gore silenced anyone doubting his running ability this week as he charged the field for a stifling 207 yards on just 16 carries for two touchdowns as the 49ers defeated divisional foe Seattle.
Coming off a poor performance last week in which Gore ran for a mere 30 yards off of 22 carries, San Francisco stayed with their game plan this week reiterating that their offense runs through #21. Frank Gore got it going early breaking for a 79 yard touchdown run late in the first quarter to put San Francisco up by double digits. But the Seahawks answered quickly driving up the field for a field goal to climb within a score of the 49ers.
Things turned grim quickly for the Seahawks shortly after pushing a scoring drive late in the first half. Quarterback Matt Hasselback suffered a hard hit from linebacker Patrick Willis near the goal line which resulted in a day-ending rib injury for the franchise player. Hasselback finished the day completing 10 of 18 passes for 97 yards and zero touchdowns.
Seattle showed a glimmer of hope when backup quarterback Seneca Wallace entered the game. The former Iowa State Cyclone connected with running back Julius Jones on a one yard touchdown catch to bring the Seahawks deficit to a field goal. The injury plagued Seahawks entered halftime with a level of optimism hoping to pull the win out on the road. All would be destroyed on the first play of the second half when Frank Gore busted up the middle for an 80 yard touchdown run putting the 49ers lead back up to double digits 20-10. San Francisco never looked back cruising to a 23-10 victory and 2-0 start to the season.
San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill had a very effective day passing for 19 of 26 and no turnovers. He compiled a modest 144 yards through the air outdueling both Seahawk quarterbacks.
Gore joins Barry Sanders as just the second player in NFL history to have two touchdown runs of 79 and 80 yards in a single game. Along with etching his name in the NFL history books, Frank Gore also added his name to the 49ers history books running for only the third 200 yard rushing game in franchise history.
With this loss, Seattle moves to 1-1 in the NFC West while the 49ers stand alone atop the division. San Francisco will look to continue their hot start when they visit the undefeated Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome next Sunday. Seattle will try to rebound next week when they host Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears.