Frank Gore surpasses 1,000 yards in 49ers win over Bucs

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

49ers running back Frank Gore put together another solid effort in Week 15, and moved past the 1,000 yard mark for the season. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14 on Sunday, and Frank Gore was a big reason for it. He did not have a dominate day, rushing 22 times for 86 yards, but he had some critical runs. Additionally, he surpassed 1,000 rushing yards for the seventh time in his career.

Gore's longest run on the day was 13 yards, but there were numerous instances where Gore had a key run. He opened the game with a 13-yard run and then a 7-yard run, which set the ton for the opening scoring drive. My favorite run came in the third quarter, I believe, when Gore broke a Darrelle Revis tackle and just stayed inbounds down the sideline for ten yards. Again, it wasn't a huge run, but he showed some nifty moves.

This marks Gore's seventh 1,000 yard rushing season, joining only 19 other players to accomplish that feat. Here is the list of players:

Most Career 1,000-Yard Rushing Seasons In NFL History

Rank

Player

Total

Rank

Player

Total

1.

Emmitt Smith

11

11t.

Frank Gore

7

2t.

Barry Sanders

10

Corey Dillon

7

Curtis Martin

10

Eddie George

7

Walter Payton

10

Edgerrin James

7

5t.

Franco Harris

8

Eric Dickerson

7

Jerome Bettis

8

Fred Taylor

7

LaDainian Tomlinson

8

Jamal Lewis

7

Steven Jackson

8

Jim Brown

7

Thurman Thomas

8

Marshall Faulk

7

Tony Dorsett

8

Ricky Watters

7

That's not too shabby company. Frank Gore now has 9,856 rushing yards for his career. He needs 144 more yards over the final two weeks of the season to reach 10,000 yards. That averages out to 72 yards per game. He faces a bad Atlanta Falcons defense and a stout Arizona Cardinals defense, so there is certainly a chance he can crack 10,000 by the end of the season.

Another stat that I found interesting is that Gore has now made 42 consecutive starts. What's even crazier is that this is the top streak among active running backs. Given what we knew about Frank Gore's medical history coming out of the U, did anybody really expect him to end up at the top of a consecutive starts list? I would not have bet money on that.

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