Frank Gore's spectacular daysingle-handedly re-established the run game for San Francisco.
Gore had touchdown runs of 79 and a career-best 80 yards andfinished with 207 yards on 16 carries, and the 49ers beat theSeattle Seahawks 23-10 to take an early hold atop the NFC Weststandings.
Gore, who surpassed San Francisco's Week 1 rushing total of 21yards in the first series, nearly reached his franchise mark of 212yards set in 2006 before leaving the game in the fourth quarterwith a sprained right ankle that didn't appear serious. He becameonly the second player in NFL history to have two TD runs of 79 ormore yards in the same game, joining Barry Sanders. Sanders hadruns of 80 and 82 yards at Tampa Bay on Oct. 12, 1997.
Seattle (1-1), coming off a 28-0 season-opening win at St.Louis, took a big blow losing quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to a ribinjury just before halftime following a hard hit near the goal lineby Patrick Willis. Hasselbeck didn't return after completing 10 of18 passes for 97 yards and no touchdowns.
Gore also posted just the third 200-yard rushing game in teamhistory. Charlie Garner ran for 201 yards at Dallas on Sept. 24,2000. Gore had his 212-yard day Nov. 19, 2006, also at CandlestickPark against Seattle. His 246 total yards from scrimmage Sunday wasa career high, topping the 238 he had in that '06 game with theSeahawks.
Joe Nedney kicked field goals of 37, 42 and 39 yards for the49ers. Coach Mike Singletary's team is off to a 2-0 start after hedemanded that his players perform better this week and find theiridentity as a running team. San Francisco won at defending NFCchampion Arizona in Week 1.
The 49ers' defense was dominant again this week, handing former49ers defensive coordinator Jim Mora his first loss since takingover this season for Mike Holmgren.
What a difference from Singletary's debut at Candlestick Parklast October, when he took over for the fired Mike Nolan. SanFrancisco lost to the Seahawks in a game in which he benchedquarterback J.T. O'Sullivan in favor of Shaun Hill, pulled hispants down at halftime to make a point and sent volatile tight endVernon Davis to the showers early after a personal foul penalty.
Hill was 19 for 26 for 144 yards with no TDs or interceptionsand was sacked four times. He improved to 6-0 as a starter atCandlestick and 9-3 overall as an NFL starter. His job was easy:give the ball to Gore.
Gore, who had just 30 yards on 22 carries in the win over theCardinals, had averaged 76 yards against Seattle in the previousfour meetings since his Pro Bowl 2006 season. He ran for 144 yardsin the other '06 game versus Seattle.
Hasselbeck went down for several minutes and was taken to thelocker room. He was hurt with 26 seconds left before halftime whiletrying to dive for the end zone and was stopped at the 1-yard line.Hasselbeck got up and was wobbly as he made his way to thesideline, where he fell to his knees and was quickly swarmed bySeattle coaches and trainers.
Backup QB Seneca Wallace came in on the next play and threw a1-yard touchdown pass to Julius Jones to pull Seattle within 13-10.
Ray McDonald had his second sack in as many games, droppingHasselbeck for a 7-yard loss as the Seahawks went three-and-out intheir opening series.
San Francisco had Allen Rossum's 75-yard punt return for a scorenegated on an illegal block in the back penalty by Glen Coffee.
Seattle left tackle Sean Locklear, playing in place of theinactive Walter Jones, injured an ankle in the second quarter anddidn't return.
San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson had his first careerinterception late in the third quarter.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times