SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 30: Frank Gore #21 breaks away for a twenty nine yard gain against the Cleveland Browns at Candlestick Park on October 30, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
There are quite a few players who were worthy of game-balls following the 49ers 20-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. On the defensive side of the ball Patrick Willis and Ahmad Brooks both deserved some kudos. On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line as a whole deserves credit for doing a good job in both pass protection and run blocking.
However, for this week I want to give another game-ball to Frank Gore. Over the last month, Gore has put together a dominant stretch of games in which he has rushed for 125+ yards and a touchdown in four straight games. The 49ers defense and special teams have all been key, but Frank Gore has been an absolute beast in the rushing attack.
Against the Cleveland Browns, Gore finished the game with a career high 31 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. He lost out on a second touchdown in the second quarter after instant replay ruled he did not get into the end zone on a close play. Although Gore was fairly quiet in the second half, his dominant first half put the 49ers in a position to secure the victory.
Fittingly enough, Frank Gore has once again been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award. Head over and vote as many times as you can.
Given Gore's performances in the last four games, all 49ers wins, doe Frank the Tank fit into the NFL MVP discussion at this point? If the 49ers keep winning and he continues to guide the offensive production, I think he at least belongs in the discussion. Maybe he is not the MOST valuable player, but he is one of the more valuable players in the league.