Gore: We're going to the playoffs

49ers running back Frank Gore said his team is too talented not to make the playoffs despite their 4-4 start.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Despite the odds being stacked heavily against the 49ers making their fourth straight trip to the postseason, running back Frank Gore remains quite confident.

"We’re going to the playoffs," he said with a smile Wednesday.

Following the team's consecutive losses that dropped its record to 4-4, questioning of the offensive identity has ramped up. The 49ers have been predominately a running team in recent seasons and have turned the tables this year, passing at a significantly higher rate after adding Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd to an already-talented group of receivers.

It's the most talented group Gore has been with in his 11-year career, he said, giving him confidence San Francisco can rebound and get back to the postseason. The 49ers have reached the conference title game in each of Jim Harbaugh's three seasons as head coach.

"We got great coaches, great guys," Gore said. "These last three years we’ve been spoiled. That’s where we want to go. That’s our goal - to get to the postseason."

San Francisco's offense sputtered in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Rams, where Gore had 14 carries for 49 yards. The 49ers were one yard away from taking the lead in final moments of the game, but Colin Kaepernick fumbled on a quarterback sneak into the end zone with two seconds remaining.

Losing four of the team's first eight games is uncharted territory since Harbaugh took over in 2011.

"It’s frustrating," Gore said. "It’s real frustrating, because we have so many weapons on the offensive side of the ball. The most I’ve ever been on since I’ve been here. When you see things not clicking for us, you get like ‘why.”

Kaepernick has been sacked more than any other quarterback in the NFL, including 14 times in their last two games.

"This past Sunday, we just, as an offense, just never got in a rhythm, never got in a flow," said Gore. "...It was just a sloppy game on the offensive side of the ball. Like I said, we just got to look at ourselves. When watching the film, it’s just not us. It’s just not us at all."


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