SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Frank Gore looks at his three 100-yard rushing performances, four touchdowns and overall output in the season's first half and is quick to praise an unheralded offensive line that's helping him do it.
Helping San Francisco's entire offense shine, too. These big boys block all over the field, every which way - even if it means taking on a speedy, more athletic defensive back.
Gore appreciates it, all right.
The three-time Pro Bowl running back insists he has never had such huge holes ahead of him to run, and that is the ultimate compliment to the 49ers' talented, much-improved O-line. Gore is now gearing up for a strong stretch the rest of the way with the NFC West-leading Niners (6-2), as long as these guys keep doing the dirty work.