49ers could look to lean on run game 

click to enlarge Frank Gore
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  • Frank Gore ran for more than 1,000 yards this year and could be leaned on heavily today.
With frigid temperatures expected at Lambeau Field today for the 49ers’ NFC wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers, the emphasis is expected to shift to the running game for both teams.

Frank Gore had another Pro Bowl season, compiling 1,128 yards for his seventh 1,000-yard season. Gore didn’t finish the season strong though, as he gained only 14 yards on 13 attempts in the regular-season finale in Arizona last weekend.

It was the sixth time this season the team’s all-time leading rusher was held under 50 yards in a game, and the second time he had less than 20 yards on the ground. Four of those six games were on the road.

Should Gore find nowhere to run once again, the 49ers will need to lean on wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who made his 49ers debut against the Packers in Week 1 this season, putting on a show for the fans at Candlestick with a jaw-dropping 208 yards and one touchdown on 13 catches.

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said which way they go will depend in part on what the Packers defense does, as well as what they can create for themselves.

“In [the Week 1] game, Anquan had both,” he said. “He created opportunities for himself. Green Bay was pretty loaded up with their run front and the personnel they had in, so that created some opportunities for him. So, a little bit of both there. Certain players, when they see that happening, it becomes a feeding frenzy. And he is one of those, and there’s not too many of them out there.”

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