Frank Gore Records Longest Reception of Career
Sep/30/14 08:53 PM Filed in: Frank Gore
Playing in the 136th regular-season game of his career, San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore recorded a career-long 55-yard reception in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Gore, whose previous career-long reception of 48 yards came in a 2009 game against the Detroit Lions, led the 49ers to a comeback victory in a contest that saw the Eagles score all three of their touchdowns on defense or special teams.
The 31-year-old running back piled up 119 yards on 24 carries, and he made sure to get the most out of his only catch.
With the Niners down 7-3 at their own 45-yard line, Gore found himself wide open on the right side of the field on the first play of the second quarter. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had scrambled off to the left side of the field, yet somehow had the awareness to throw across his body to the uncovered Gore.
The veteran running back caught the pass around Philadelphia's 43-yard line, then quickly turned upfield for the right sideline. After stiff-arming Eagles safety Earl Wolff around the 25-yard line, Gore cruised into the end zone for the longest passing play of his illustrious career.
The touchdown catch, No. 11 of his career, was just Gore's second since the beginning of the 2011 season. Once used as a major threat in the passing game, Gore has mostly focused on running the ball since head coach Jim Harbaugh's arrival in San Francisco.
However, as we saw Sunday, the veteran is still a more than capable receiver when needed.