The 49ers’ 2014 season can only be classified as an up-and-down campaign. Sunday proved to be more of the latter.
San Francisco was upset by the hapless Raiders, 24-13, in the Battle of the Bay. It was the second straight loss for the 7-6 Niners, who fell to third place in the ultra-competitive NFC West.
And Frank Gore didn’t sugarcoat the disappointment.
“If we were to beat the Raiders, we’d still have a lot of hope. So I feel like this is the lowest point (of the season),” Gore said, via the San Jose Mercury News.
Gore, like many of his offensive mates, struggled to produce against an inferior opponent. The veteran running back totaled 63 yards on only 12 carries, failing to find the end zone for the fourth-consecutive contest. It’s been a year of absolute futility for Gore, who’s scored two rushing touchdowns and has eclipsed 100 yards just twice.
“I just don’t feel like we’re us,” Gore said. “It’s just hard to get in a rhythm. It’s just hard. It’s just hard. As a player you need to be in a rhythm on the field to be successful. It’s been tough all year to get in a rhythm.”
Gore and Co. are two games out of the Wild Card hunt, with a brutal three games remaining — at Seattle, home for the Chargers and the division-leading Cardinals. Gore, a free agent-to-be, is fighting to help his club make the postseason, no matter how daunting that may be.
“It’s my last year under contract and I want to go out and at least get a shot to hold the trophy,” Gore said. “I’ll see how the chips fall, I’ll keep fighting with my teammates and hopefully other teams help us.”
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