SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Still wondering if the San Francisco 49ers have truly re-established their identity?
Sure, they want to be multiple in their attack -- who doesn't? -- but in going back to their roots under coach Jim Harbaugh as a power-running team, the Niners were able to control the tempo of the game and hold on for the 22-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Frank Gore carried the ball 18 times for 107 yards and, according to ESPN Stats & Information, it was the first time he had consecutive games of at least 100 yards since 2011, when he did it in five straight games (between Weeks 4 through 9, with a bye mixed in).
"We some dogs," Gore said with a huge smile. "Our O-line, they played great. We have to give it up to them. Like I said, 49er football, do whatever it takes. We knew that we had to eat up the clock and we did."
Rookie Carlos Hyde added 43 rushing yards on 10 carries and 106 of the 49ers' 171 rushing yards came in the second half.
Per Pro Football Focus, eight of Gore's carries came outside of left tackle, which garnered 53 yards, and eight of Hyde's 10 attempts were between the "A" gaps, up the middle.
"Well, like I said before, we're willing to do whatever it takes," Gore said. "If we have to run the ball, pass the ball, we all are going to fight for each other, and we made plays in both. So, that's a great thing for this team."