49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs

49ers offensive review vs. Jets: Running backs
October 2, 2012, 7:09 pm
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Matt Maiocco's offensive player-by-player review vs. Jets will be broken up by position. Stay logged on to CSNBayArea.com throughout the day for the breakdown on each position group.

Running backs

21-Frank Gore: The Jets focused on stopping Gore, and they mostly did a decent job of that. He ran hard, and managed 62 yards on 21 rushing attempts. His 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter came on a fourth down and gave the 49ers an insurmountable 17-point lead

Gore does so many things well in other areas, too. He caught two passes for 13 yards. He made block on cornerback Kyle Wilson to allow Kaepernick to easily get into the end zone on a 7-yard run at the start of the second quarter, and he picked up safety Eric Smith on a blitz to keep a clean pocket for Alex Smith's 23-yard pass to Vernon Davis late in the first half.

23-LaMichael James: Was not active (coaches' decision).

24-Anthony Dixon: The 49ers' third-string running back got into the game for the final seven plays, gaining 16 yards on seven rushing attempts. He also played 17 snaps as one of the 49ers' core special-teamers.

32-Kendall Hunter: He played 18 snaps on offense and gained 56 yards on eight rushing attempts. He did a good job of following his blockers and making the right cuts at the right times. He ran big near the goal line when he scored on a 1-yard run between the tackles midway through the fourth quarter.

45-Brandon Jacobs: Did not play (left knee). He returned to limited practice last week, and tweeted the following Monday night:

Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's support. I will be off of twitter for the remainder of the season. Time to work!! Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) October 2, 2012

One would believe he should be available to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

STUHLBARG: Jacobs -- 'I want to get hit'

49-Bruce Miller: He played 29 snaps at fullback, and even had a career-long 5-yard gain for some tough yards from the Jets' 11 to the 6 to help set up the 49ers' second TD. He made a good down-block on linebacker Garrett McIntyre on Kaepernick's 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and made another block in the hole on linebacker Bart Scott on 12-yard run by Hunter early in third quarter.

92-Will Tukuafu: He played 12 snaps of offense to go along with three on defense and 11 plays on special teams. On a third-and-1 from the Jets' two-yard line, Tukuafu could not budge Scott as Gore was stopped for no gain. On the next play, he had a block off the left edge on safety LaRon Landry on Gore's two-yard TD run.

Scott held him when Tukuafu was intended receiver at the goal line. The penalty gave the 49ers an automatic first down at the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter.

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