Frank Gore entered the game only 22 yards short of breaking the 49ers’ team record for career rushing yards, held by Hall of Famer Joe Perry with 7,344.
On the second play of the second quarter, Gore picked up yards 21 and 22 on a two-yard run and wrote the record books as the team’s all-time leading rusher. As Gore game off the field, the crowd of 69,732 gave him a standing ovation.
“I heard it and I want to say thanks to my fans,” Gore said. “I wasn’t really thinking about it because the offense started slow. I was just trying to get us on a roll.”
He gave praise to his current and former coaches, as well as all the offensive linemen he has had since 2005.
Gore, who finished with 73 yards on 21 carries, was already the team’s all-time leader in 100-yard games with 29 in his seven NFL seasons.
“It’s a powerful thing to set that kind of record,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Some of the injuries [Gore has had] would end the career of a lesser man. It’s all strength, strong will.”
Gore also has the most 100-yard games in the NFL since 2005.
It has been a season of career accomplishments for Gore, who also set the franchise record by running for 100 or more yards in five consecutive games when he picked up 107 yards at Washington on Nov. 6.
Gore moved past Roger Craig for second on the team’s all-time list after picking up 134 yards on Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Browns.
Perry entered the Hall of Fame in 1969 and collected his 7,344 yards in 14 seasons with the 49ers.
73 Yards rushing by Frank Gore on Sunday
7,396 Career rushing yards by Gore
7,344 Career rushing yards by Joe Perry
4 1,000-yard rushing seasons Gore has in career