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It had all of the trappings of a fabulous opener in the newly minted Levi's Stadium; celebrity attendees, fantastic weather and a full house, but it was not meant to be. 

It was a tale that could have had a happy ending, if only the game could have ended after the 3rd quarterdespite a multitude of penalties and mistakes. At the start of the fourth quarter the 49ers led by 13 points, but it's how you finish, and that's exactly what the Bears did. Three possessions in the final quarter that all led to touchdowns, and a spoiled opener. 

It was a very undisciplined game that included 16 penalties for 118 yards, and four turnovers for the 49ers. The Bears were slightly better with 10 penalties for 58 yards. The glaring difference? Turnovers. Chicago didn't commit any. After the game Harbaugh, Kaepernick and Willis all spoke of the team loss and team responsibility. "We all had fingerprints on it." was the phrase used by both Harbaugh and Willis. 

Boldin and Gore both expressed feelings that the team didn't finish.

"When you have a team team down you definitely have to put your foot on their throat because nobody is going to quit in this league." - Anquan Boldin. 


"We started fast but we laid off, as a team. I just think we have to finish." - Frank Gore 


49ers have a week to work on cleaning things up, they travel to Arizona on Sunday to face the 2-0 Cardinals. 

 
 
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Not only did the 49ers go into Dallas and get a very important first win of 2014, they celebrated a milestone for one of the veterans of the offense, Frank Gore. Gore only needed 33 yards to reach the 10,000 yard milestone and finished the day with 16 carries for 66 yards and became the 29th RB to hit the impressive landmark. At some point during the game Gore approached CSN reporter Mindi Bach and they had this exchange: 

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"Tough a** yards" is definitely correct, and Gore has had his challenges. After being named Big East Freshman Of The Year by Sporting News when attending the University of Miami, he tore his left ACL during spring practice. After rehabbing, he tore his right ACL the next season. He was known as one of the Three Amigos, a RB trio that included Gore, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee, both of which who were drafted much higher than him albeit in different years. Portis was a 2nd round pick in 2002 and McGahee was a 1st round pick in 2003.

Gore was drafted in the 3rd round as the 65th overall pick by the 49ers surrounded by skepticism that his injuries would hold him back in the NFL. It was that criticism that drove him to work harder. In the post game presser he actually said, "I wanted to prove everybody wrong." The always humble Gore also took the time to say, "It's a blessing. Thanks to the organization and thanks to the O Line. It's special." 


Gore who is 31, has had a new role this past off season: as mentor to rookie RB Carlos Hyde who is likely to transition as the feature back. They have a similar downhill running style. Hyde who had his first NFL touchdown vs. Dallas, was met by a jubilant Gore on the sidelines. Don't retire Gore just yet though, he's as powerful as ever between the tackles.