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As we wrap up the season tomorrow, newly minted Pro Bowler Vernon Davis and Pro Bowl alternate Frank Gore are closing in on significant statistical milestones.
Vernon Davis: Davis has 12 receiving touchdowns and needs two more to set an NFL record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a single season. He trails Antonio Gates, and is tied with Todd Christensen, Mike Ditka, Jerry Smith, and Wesley Walls. Davis already holds the 49ers mark for touchdowns in a season by a tight end (previous record was 9).
Frank Gore: Gore needs one more 100-yard game to tie Joe Perry for the most in 49ers history (19). He's also 82 yards from passing Garrison Hearst for fourth on the 49ers all-time rushing list. We've seen his solid receiving skills in play over the years, and he continues climbing the ranks. He's currently 29th in receiving yards and 15th in receptions. I doubt he'll match Roger Craig's career receiving numbers, but he's certainly doing well for himself.
Patrick Willis: Willis will be looking to lock up his second "total tackles" title in three seasons. With 147 tackles, he's 13 ahead of London Fletcher and Jon Beason, so barring a monster game by either of them, Bamm Bamm should pull it out. Willis has also equaled his career high of 4 sacks, and will be looking to pass that mark tomorrow. It feels like Willis has had more opportunities to rush the QB this year, although maybe it's just improved play by Aubrayo Franklin making it happen more frequently.
Alex Smith: Smith currently has 6,807 passing yards and 36 touchdowns for his career. Both numbers put him 8th on the 49ers career list, just behind Steve DeBerg. As far as seasonal numbers, Smith is looking at career numbers in several categories. His completion percentage of 60.5% is 2.4% higher than his 2006 season. His passing yards won't match 2006, but he's surpassed the touchdowns and will likely come in below the interceptions from that year. His QB rating is currently at its highest mark (80.2), so we'll see how that finishes tomorrow.
Dashon Goldson: Goldson currently has 90 total tackles to go with 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 6 pass deflections. I know he's frustrated folks at time, but he's definitely taken a monstrous step forward this season. He's currently tied for 13th among defensive backs in total tackles and is tied for 20th in interceptions. With several folks bunched up in the tackle column, Goldson could climb fairly high up the list.