49ers running back Frank Gore a standout for the Candlestick finale
Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said through bitter experience and respect that the 49ers definitely had a tough running back in the entire NFL. Gore was the one who ended the Falcons dreams of the Super Bowl last season when he ran for a 9 yard touchdown that ended the match 28-24.
"They've got one of the tougher running backs in all the NFL," he said. “He doesn't have home-run speed, but he's got good speed and runs very physically."
The last time on December 8 when the 49ers faced the Falcons, Gore was the reason that they won. He managed to pull off a pretty hard 51 yard run that set the tables for the winning goal. As they come to play each other again on Monday, there will be definitely some friction between the two teams and both will throw what they have at each other.
Gore said that he was lucky to have the opportunity to play the game at the Candlestick Park and it would be a memorable experience.
"I'm happy I had an opportunity to do good things there, and also get a chance to play some playoff games there, too," Gore said. "You think of the guys who did great things before us, like Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young. I'm happy I had an opportunity to play on the same field that they played on."
Gore is optimistic about the coming match and if they win the match as they have the past four consecutive ones, they will solidify their chances at making it to the playoffs.
"We're hitting the right stride at the right time. We just want to get in the tournament,” Gore said. “You look at it the last two years, it was a wild-card team that won the Super Bowl. So, we just want to get in there and do what we do."