SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 20: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Frank Gore
"We whooped their behind up and down the field. They can’t stand up with us," Gore said after the loss in remarks available at Comcast SportsNet. "They’re a good team, but they couldn’t handle us out there. They couldn’t handle us."
There are some statistical defenses to Gore's line of reasoning here. For example, the Niners' defense held the Saints to 50 yards rushing all night, and the Niners' offense outgained the Saints' by 130 yards.
The phrase "whooped their behind" might be a little much. That's a term I'd personally use to describe a lopsided win, and probably not so much for a loss. To say "whooped their behind" after losing, you probably should add some screaming about the officiating to give your argument some credibility.
But credit is due to the 49ers here -- the 49ers took the defending Super Bowl champions to the brink. Well, 0:02 from the brink, at least.
While a currently winless record is tough to swallow, these 49ers play in the NFC West. The rest of the division got blown out this weekend by a combined score of 88-35.
A .500 record or better still might win this NFC West.
Despite the loss, congratulations are still due to Frank Gore.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who thinks that Joe Perry was somebody who played in Aerosmith or Journey or something.