49ers vs. Titans final score: Frank Gore keeps marching up the record book

Wesley Hitt

The 49ers defeated the Tennessee Titans by a final score of 31-17. Frank Gore put together another strong performance, which we break down. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

The San Francisco 49ers improved to 5-2 on Sunday with a 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. The 49ers stuck with the ground game, including some impressive runs by quarterback Colin Kaepernick. We'll have plenty on Kaepernick's performance, but as we did last week, it's worth acknowledging another strong effort from 49ers running back Frank Gore.

Gore did not have a dominant performance, but he chewed up 70 rushing yards, and even added in 34 receiving yards. He finished with a pair of rushing touchdowns, which moves him ahead of Roger Craig into third place on the 49ers touchdown list, climbing past . He also climbed past Roger Craig on the points scored list.

Gore's 70 rushing yards moves him to 9,386 yards for his career. He actually leap-frogs Adrian Peterson for 32nd place all time, leading him by 54 yards. Peterson faces the Giants on Monday night, so we'll see if he climbs back ahead of Gore. For now, Gore is 21 yards back of Earl Campbell, and 67 yards back of Shaun Alexander. And he now needs 614 yards to reach the 10,000 yard mark. Not too shabby for a guy with bad wheels entering the NFL.

With the Win...

  • The 49ers improved to 13-6 on the road since head coach Jim Harbaugh took over in 2011, ranking 3rd in the NFL in road win percentage during that span (.666) [Bill Belichick, NE - .700; John Fox, Den. - .722].
  • The 49ers improved their all-time record against the Titans to 8-5 and 5-2 on the road (1-1 at LP Field).
  • The 49ers recorded their fourth consecutive double-digit victory for the first time since 1997.
  • Harbaugh improved his overall record to 29-9-1 as a head coach since he took over for the 49ers in 2011, which is the 3rd best win percentage (.756) in the NFL during that time span [Mike McCarthy, GB (30-8, .789); Bill Belichick, NE (30-9, .769)].
  • Harbaugh improved to 9-2 in his coaching career against the AFC, giving him the best record by a current NFC head coach against the AFC. He improved his record against the AFC South to 2-1.
  • Harbaugh improved to 10-1 in the month of October since taking over in 2011.

Lighting Up The Scoreboard

  • The 49ers have scored 30-or-more points in each of the last 4 games, marking the first time since 1998 (Weeks 12-15) that they have accomplished that feat.

Turning The Tide

  • The 49ers have converted each of their last 12 takeaways into points (8 TDs, 4 FGs).

KO'ing The Titans

  • WR Kassim Osgood recovered a muffed punt in the end zone. It marked the first muffed punt recovered for a TD by the 49ers since 10/4/09 vs. StL (LB Scott McKillop). It marked Osgood's 3rd career special team's FR and first career FR for a TD. Osgood now has 6 career TDs (5 rec. and 1 FR). It's Osgood's first TD since 9/12/10 vs. Den. (24-yd. TD recept.).

Kapitalizing

  • QB Colin Kaepernick completed 13 of 21 passes for 199 yds. and a passer rating of 93.2. The 49ers improved to 9-0 when Kaepernick has a passer rating of 90.0 or higher (min. 10 atts.).
  • QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for 68 yds. and 1 TD on 11 carries. The 20-yd. TD run was his 1st of the season and 6th of his career.

There Was Gore

  • RB Frank Gore registered 2 rushing TDs, each from 1-yd. out, marking his 9th career game with 2 rushing TDs and the first since 1/3/10 at StL (23 atts. for 107 yds., 2 TDs). This marks the first 49er to have 2 rushing TDs in a game since 1/2/11 vs. Arz. (RB Brian Westbrook - 13 atts. for 79 yds. and 2 TDs).
  • Gore now ranks 3rd in franchise history with 67 career TDs (56 rushing, 10 rec., 1 return).

Most TDs In Franchise History

Rank

Player

TDs

1.

WR Jerry Rice

187

2.

WR Terrell Owens

83

3.

RB Frank Gore

67

4.

RB Roger Craig

66

5.

FB Ken Willard

61

  • Gore now has 404 career points, moving into 9th place in franchise history.

Most Points In Franchise History

Rank

Player

Years

Points

1.

WR Jerry Rice

1985-00

1,130

2.

K Ray Wersching

1977-87

979

3.

K Tommy Davis

1959-69

738

4.

K Mike Cofer

1988-93

673

5.

E/K Gordy Soltau

1950-58

644

6.

K Joe Nedney

2005-10

541

7.

WR Terrell Owens

1996-03

502

8.

K Bruce Cossett

1970-74

460

9.

RB Frank Gore

2005-*

404

10.

RB Roger Craig

1983-90

396

Applying The Pressure

  • DT Justin Smith registered 2.0 sacks on the day, marking his first multi-sack game of the season and the most in a game by Smith since 9/11/11 vs. Sea. (2.0).
  • He now has 2.5 sacks on the season and 78.0 for his career.
  • LB Ahmad Brooks added a sack, giving him 3.5 sacks on the season and 30.0 for his career.

Brock Gets Picky

  • CB Tramaine Brock tallied his 3rd INT of the season and 5th of his career. The INT led to a 1-yd. TD run by RB Frank Gore.

Making His Debut

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