The San Francisco 49ers had Sunday off after playing on Thursday Night Football, so we had a few other games to watch. Arguably the most notable in the bigger picture was Colts vs. Bears. Frank Gore took the field and rushed for 75 yards and added four receiving yards. He only needed 20 to pass Jim Brown for No. 9 all-time. He now sits at 12,368 yards. He trails Tony Dorsett by 371 yards for No. 8. He would need another 520 yards to reach Eric Dickerson for No. 7. He can reach Dorsett before this season ends, and then potentially reach Dickerson, Jerome Bettis, and Ladanian Tomlinson next season. Here is how the players ahead of Gore rank:
8, Tony Dorsett 12,739
7. Eric Dickerson 13,259
6. Jerome Bettis 13,662
5. LaDainian Tomlinson 13,684
4. Curtis Martin 14,101
3. Barry Sanders 15,269
2. Walter Payton 16,726
1. Emmitt Smith 18,355
How high will Gore climb? He has a shot at reaching the top five, but I don’t think he climbs higher than Curtis Martin. That being said, that has to be enough to earn a gold jacket with induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is also worth noting, he currently has 15,588 total yards from scrimmage. He should be able to climb past Edgerrin James (15,610) and Tiki Barber (15,632) next week against the Houston Texans, which would place him at No. 12 all-time. It just adds to his case.
On to the links!
49ers' Garnett moves back to right guard (Maiocco)
Gore passes Jim Brown, moves into 9th on all-time list (Maiocco)
Next stop Canton? Frank Gore passes Jim Brown among NFL rushers (Barrows)
Frank Gore passes Jim Brown, moves to ninth on all-time rushing list (Biderman)