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Colin Kaepernick: 'I know I crossed the line'

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 13-10 loss to the St. Louis Rams at Levi's Stadium:

  • How sure was quarterback Colin Kaepernick that he crossed the goal line before fumbling? "I know I crossed the line," he said. "I did bobble the snap, but regardless."

  • Running back Frank Gore takes losses harder than most, especially when his talents are not utilized at the end of winnable games. So after the Niners had a first down at the Rams' 5-yard line with 46 seconds to play and Gore's name was called exactly zero times, yeah, he was not feeling the love. Not that he's selfish, mind you. "We've just got to make our mind up, do what we feel we're good at," Gore said, presumably about the team's offensive identity. After the media scrum, Gore had a sit-down at his locker with general manager Trent Baalke and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, a one-time interim head coach.

  • Bittersweet does not begin to describe the feelings of rookie inside linebacker Chris Borland, who was credited with 18 tackles (17 solo) in his second start in place of All-Pro Patrick Willis. "I'm proud of that number," he said of his tackles stat, "but I had a blown assignment that led to a touchdown that may have cost us the game."