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November 7, 2011
Gore says he's OK, defense clamps down again, etc.

By Matt Kawahara

SANTA CLARA -- Filling in for Matt Barrows today. Running back Frank Gore had an X-ray on his left ankle after the 49ers' 19-11 win over the Washington Redskins, but said Monday he should be good for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh said he "talked to Frank (on Monday) and X-rays were good and Frank was feeling good. He's feeling like Frank."

Gore, who has rushed for 100 or more yards in five straight games, needs 149 rushing yards to pass Joe Perry for first place on the 49ers' all-time list.

Harbaugh said a few players were banged up after the game, which was particularly physical. "There's some guys that are definitely getting some treatments, got some bumps and bruises today," he said. "But our guys will work hard at that and get themselves ready to go."

Defensive lineman Ray McDonald, inactive against the Redskins with a hamstring injury, said he hopes to play Sunday.

• After holding the Redskins to 11 points, the 49ers are still allowing the fewest points per game (14.8) in the NFL. They have also given up a league-low seven touchdowns on 20 possessions inside their 20-yard line.

The Redskins had one of those touchdowns on their final drive of Sunday's game. It was the only drive in which Washington advanced past the 49ers' 33-yard line. On eight of their 12 offensive drives, the Redskins were unable to move the ball out of their own territory.

• In re-watching the game, Harbaugh said, "The one thing that really hopped out off the film was the aggressive, hard-hitting tackling. Thought we really tackled well in this ballgame, both in the secondary and the linebacker position."

• Fullback Bruce Miller said his parents, brother and sister were in attendance Sunday when he scored his first NFL touchdown. Miller, a rookie who played defensive end in college and has made the transition to fullback this fall, caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to put the 49ers up 13-0 in the second quarter.

"It was a wheel route," Miller said. "I don't want to say (I was) the No. 1 option. I don't think I'm ever the No. 1 option. I was a good one, though. I was open."

He flipped the ball to a referee after scoring, but said he got it back thanks to the 49ers' equipment guys. He said he'll probably give it to his parents.

• Jean Francois, who played at LSU, said he got pretty excited watching the top-ranked Tigers defeat then-No. 2 Alabama in the so-called "Game of the Century" on Saturday.

"To see it end like that (LSU won on a field goal in overtime), I almost jumped over my bed, I almost missed the bed," Jean Francois said. "I was happy for them."


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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