Gore on brink of franchise record

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Gore on brink of franchise record

Frank Gore needs just 22 yards against the St. Louis Rams to overtake Joe Perry as the 49ers' franchise rushing leader.

Perry, who passed away at age 84 in April, has been the 49ers' leading rusher since the team entered the NFL. He retired in 1963 with 7,344 yards.

Interestingly enough, "The Jet" rushed for an additional 1,345 yards for the 49ers when they played in the All-American Football Conference, prior to their joining the NFL. Those yards don't count towards Perry's career totals.

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Gore, aware of the record he's on the verge of breaking, acknowledged it would mean a lot to him.

That would be real big, Gore said. It would be a blessing to do it in front of our fans who have been here with us and behind us. We can get there and we can do it this Sunday, and Ill celebrate a little if we do.

With a win, Frank Gore will have more to celebrate as the 49ers would clinch their first trip to the playoffs with the seven-year veteran on the team.

With Gore on the doorstep of the franchise record, it's time to debate where he ranks among 49ers running backs.

Joe Perry. Roger Craig. John Henry Johnson. Hugh McElhenny. Garrison Hearst. The 49ers have been privileged with great running backs.

Craig was inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame this year, joining fellow backs Johnson and McElhenny among those enshrined.

Who is the greatest back in franchise history?

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.