TDs per game
blown out 41--10 at Chicago on Oct. 29, the 49ers (5--5) have had a November to
remember, surprisingly playing themselves into contention in the NFC West.
Their 20--14 home upset of the Seahawks left them one game behind Seattle and
holding the tiebreaker with six games to play. Credit the Niners' three-game
winning streak to 2005 third-round running back Frank Gore, who's rushed for
412 yards this month, including a franchise record 212 on Sunday. That pushed
his total to 1,043 yards, just two behind Larry Johnson. At the ripe age of 23,
Gore (above) has had reconstructive surgery on both knees, having torn both
ACLs while at Miami, which dropped his draft stock. "Knock on wood, they
don't hurt," he said on Sunday night. "It's amazing. I guess that's why
there is a God. People gave up on me, but I never gave up." The 5'9",
212 pound Gore was a perimeter runner in college who didn't have a reputation
for grinding it out between the tackles. Now he has not only regained his
outside speed but also built his lower body so that he can earn extra yards in
LaDainian Tomlinson, 27, reached the 100-touchdown mark faster than any NFL
player before him, racking up four at Denver to reach 102 TDs in just his 89th
game. The Chargers' back compares favorably with the most prolific touchdown
scorers in history, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, as well as with Jim Brown, who
held the TD record for two decades after retiring in 1966.
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1 Just goes to
show you how fast things change in the NFL: On Nov. 13 NBC, exerting its
flex-schedule right, snapped up what looked to be a prime matchup between
Donovan McNabb's Eagles and the potentially unbeaten Colts for this week's
Sunday night broadcast, passing up the Bears at the Patriots.
2 Weird: McNabb
has now suffered a season-ending injury in a home game in three of the past
five Novembers (ankle, sports hernia, ACL).
3 NFL Network
president Steve Bornstein told SI he's "not confident at all" of
reaching a deal with Time Warner and Cablevision to pick up the network,
meaning the 20 million cable homes in the U.S. with those systems are likely to
miss eight Thursday and Saturday games down the stretch.
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