An important win for the San Francisco 49ers was hampered by some terrible news about their starting tailback. Gore rushed for 52 yards on 5 carries to get the Niners offense humming, but then he left the game. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com tweets that it'll be the last time he walks off the field this year..
Big win for 49ers but at a price - Frank Gore out for season with a hip injury. Tough loss.
Brian Westbrook played well in relief, racking up 136 yards on 23 carries, and Anthony Dixon was the solid second back with 54 yards on 13 carries. However, can they replicate those performances down the road?
Here are the teams they play down the road, and their rush defense ranks according to Football Outsiders.
- at Green Bay Packers (22nd)
Seattle Seahawks (18th)
- at San Diego Chargers (9th)
- at St. Louis Rams (17th)
- Arizona Cardinals (21st)
So, two average rush defenses, two mediocre rush defense, and one pretty good one, and two games against the teams that are one ahead of them in the NFC West. Not the worse position for Westbrook and Dixon to try and power the run attack to the playoffs, no?
They won't be Gore, but they might be just enough for one last December run.