Halftime: Gore reaches 100 yards for fourth game in a row


Halftime: Gore reaches 100 yards for fourth game in a row

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Frank Gore has already gone over the 100-yard mark for the fourth consecutive game and is closing in on No. 2 on the 49ers' all-time rushing list.Gore rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the 49ers built a 17-3 lead over the Cleveland Browns at halftime Sunday at Candlestick Park.Gore entered the game in need of 110 yards to overtake Roger Craig as the No. 2 all-time leading rusher in 49ers history. Gore now has 7,058 career yards. Craig had 7,064 rushing yards with the 49ers. Joe "The Jet" Perry ranks No. 1 on the 49ers' list with 7,344 yards.Sunday's game marks the first time in Gore's career he has rushed for more than 100 yards in four consecutive games.
The 49ers set the tone immediately when Ahmad Brooks beat former 49ers lineman Tony Pashos for a sack and forced fumble of Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Isaac Sopoaga recovered for the 49ers on the Cleveland 20-yard line.Four plays later, Gore punched it over from 4-yard out for a 7-0 lead with 12:44 remaining in the first quarter. Alex Smith later hit Michael Crabtree with a 2-yard touchdown to give the 49ers a 17-0 lead.Browns kicker Phil Dawson nailed a 52-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.Receiver Braylon Edwards returned to the lineup and caught three passes for 29 yards to lead the 49ers. Smith completed 10 of 13 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first half.Joe Staley, the 49ers' left tackle, got into the act. He reported as eligible receiver on the 49ers' second drive. Staley caught a pass from Alex Smith, turned up field and gained 17 yards.The play, which came after Gore and Kendall Hunter had runs of 24 and 26 yards on back-to-back plays, helped set up David Akers' 29-yard field goal.Tight end Vernon Davis missed seven plays in the first half with an apparent left arm injury. Defensive end Ray McDonald has a left hamstring strain that might keep him out of the second half.

Bills sign two former 49ers

Bills sign two former 49ers

The Buffalo Bills have signed two 49ers free agents within the past two days.

After signing wide receiver Rod Streater on Wednesday, the Bills announced the signing of linebacker Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

The 49ers acquired Hodges in a 2015 trade with the Minnesota Vikings for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick. Hodges started 12 games last season and ranked second on the team with 92 tackles.

Hodges left the 49ers shorthanded for a late-season game against the Atlanta Falcons when he violated team rules. Then-coach Chip Kelly did not disclose the nature of Hodges infraction. Hodges offered no explanation or apology.

The 49ers entered the game against the high-powered Falcons with just two healthy inside linebackers due to Hodges’ deactivation. Starter Nick Bellore sustained an elbow injury on the third play of the game, and the 49ers were forced to use safeties Antoine Bethea and Vinnie Sunseri, and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks at various points of the game.

The 49ers showed no interest in re-signing Hodges as a free agent.

Streater, a five-year NFL veteran, saw action in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in September. He caught 18 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

Harbaugh takes blame for 'premature celebration' during 2011 incident

It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.

The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.

An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.

Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.

"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.