Frank Gore off and running for 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Frank Gore figured the Detroit Lions counted on him getting the ball on a second-and-three situation Sunday night, with the 49ers looking to kill the final few minutes of their home opener.

Instead, quarterback Alex Smith faked a handoff to Gore and found Vernon Davis for a 23-yard touchdown completion, sealing an eventual 27-19 win at Candlestick Park.

"I knew they were going to bite on the run," Gore said while praising offensive coordinator Greg Roman's play call.

Gore has started his eighth season in strong enough fashion to make defenses take notice. Sunday's 17-carry, 89-yard output included a 1-yard touchdown run that opened the second quarter. It gave the 49ers a 14-6 lead against Detroit's touted defensive line.

"They've got a great front seven, but my offensive line came out ready to play," said Gore, who ran for 112 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' season-opening win at Green Bay.

Right guard Alex Boone added: "He did a great job finding the crease and hitting the holes. He's an elusive player and I love it."

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