Frank Gore Up for Week 1 FedEx Award

Frank Gore’s stellar performance in the season opener at Lambeau Field has earned him a nomination for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

The 49ers steamrolled the Packers in Week 1 to claim a 30-22 victory behind an impressive performance from the offense. While quarterback Alex Smith sliced and diced the Green Bay secondary, Gore carried the ball 16 times for 112 yards and a touchdown.

With his team holding a 22-15 lead in the fourth quarter, Gore took a pitch down the right sideline and made a couple of defenders miss before backpedaling into the end zone. It marked Gore’s first touchdown of 2012 and the 53rd of his career.

The franchise’s all-time leading rusher picked up his 30th, 100-yard game since his rookie year in 2005, the most of any NFL back in that time. Gore was also the first 49ers running back to tally at least 100 yards in Week 1 since Garrison Hearst rushed for 187 yards in 1998.

But Gore has plenty of competition to be named Week 1 FedEx Ground Player of the Week. Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller (169 yards, one touchdown) and New England’s Stevan Ridley (125 yards, one touchdown) are also vying for the award.

The 49ers Faithful can vote for Gore at Fans can also vote for the FedEx Air Player of the Week candidates: Robert Griffin III, Tony Romo and Matt Ryan.

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