Gore reveals his most memorable Candlestick moment
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SANTA CLARA -- Despite the season-ending injury to fullback Bruce Miller, 49ers running back Frank Gore believes the team is in good shape with two regular-reason games remaining.
The 49ers could have a playoff berth clinched before playing host to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night at Candlestick Park.
If the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the 49ers will wrap up a spot in the NFC playoffs. The 49ers would be guaranteed the No. 5 seed in the six-team field with two victories to close out the season.
If the 49ers win twice and the Seahawks lose twice, the 49ers would win the NFC West.
Regardless of how things shake out, Gore feels good about the 49ers' four-game win streak and the promise of better things to come. Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis give quarterback Colin Kaepernick three solid targets. And when Gore needs a breather, the 49ers can turn to Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James in the run game.
“It’s all about timing,” Gore said. “We’re hitting the right stride at the right time. Crab’s getting better. Vernon is being himself. Anquan, me, O-line, Kap running and throwing. Even Kendall and LaMichael coming in and making plays. So that’s big for this team, especially at this time.
“We just want to get in the tournament. We just want to get in there and do what we do.”
The past three Super Bowl champions (Green Bay, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens) did not receive first-round byes in the playoffs. Each of those teams had to win three playoff games, including two on the road, just to earn a spot in the Super Bowl.