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Gore performing despite 49ers’ offensive issues

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By Michael Blunda

Behind QB Alex Smith, the 49ers' offense has been far from pretty this season. But that hasn't stopped RB Frank Gore from putting up numbers reminiscent of his breakout 2006 campaign.

Gore ran for a season-high 149 yards on 25 carries Sunday vs. the Raiders, but the real reason he has been one of the league's most productive backs is because of his contributions in the passing game. Although he didn't catch any passes this week, he had hauled in at least four in each of the previous five games, giving him 33 receptions for 284 yards and two TDs.

Those are unbelievable numbers for a running back, and they're exactly why he has 755 yards from scrimmage, second most in the league behind Arian Foster. And to this point, nobody has touched the ball more than Gore, who has done so 149 times. If he continues to run and receive at this rate, he'll eclipse 2,000 total yards for the season.

The one place the Niners' poor offense has hurt Gore is in the scoring department, as he has just three TDs despite his significant number of touches. However, if he keeps churning out these ridiculous yardage numbers, his owners will be more than satisfied. After all, in his 2,180-yard '06 season, he had a relatively modest nine scores.

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