Jim Harbaugh explains his exchange with Frank Gore

SANTA CLARA -- Cameras caught running back Frank Gore engaged in an animated discussion with coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline after the 49ers fell behind in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons.

That's nothing out of the ordinary, Harbaugh said.

At that point, the Falcons were marching up and down the field, and the 49ers offense had failed to move the ball at all.

A short time later, the 49ers offense kicked into high gear, with Gore rushing for 90 yards and scoring two touchdowns in helping the 49ers beat the Falcons 28-24 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

"We bat it around on the sidelines during the game ... ," Harbaugh said. "It's always beneficial to our team to get his input."

Gore touched the ball twice on the 49ers first six plays, with runs for no gain and 6 yards, respectively. He totaled 20 yards on their third possession, which culminated with the 49ers first touchdown of the game.

Overall, Gore rushed for more yards than the Falcons and spearheaded a 49ers rushing attack that amassed 149 yards and three touchdowns.

"Outstanding performance by Frank Gore," Harbaugh said. "(He's) one of the all-time great competitors in the NFL. Nobody does it better than Frank Gore."
Players were given the day off Monday, so Gore was unavailable for comment.

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