Frank Gore continues to climb up the all-time leaderboards. With his fourth carry Sunday against the New England Patriots, Gore passed LaDainian Tomlinson on the all-time list for both yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards.
With the Miami Dolphins holding an early 7-6 lead at Hard Rock Stadium, Gore ran left and followed his blockers for a 4-yard gain, vaulting him past Tomlinson into fifth all time in yards from scrimmage and extending his lead on the Hall of Famer for ninth in all-purpose yards.
The running back entered the day with 18,414 yards from scrimmage in his career and 18,421 all-purpose yards. Tomlinson finished his career with 18,456 of both.
Gore began his day with a 4-yard run on the Dolphins opening drive, then picked up most of what he needed all on one play. Just after Miami moved across midfield, Gore found a seam on the left side of the lane and darted to the sideline. The five-time Pro Bowler raced 37 yards down to the Patriots’ 7-yard line. The Dolphins scored on the next play in Miami Gardens when Ryan Tannehill found wide receiver Kenny Stills for a 7-yard touchdown pass.
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With two carries for 40 yards after one drive, Gore already passed Tomlinson in all-purpose yards and moved within just 2 yards of passing him in yards from scrimmage. He hit the second milestone on the Dolphins’ first play of its second drive. The 35-year-old finished the first quarter with four carries for 49 yards.
Next up for Gore, who played in high school at Coral Gables and in college with the Miami Hurricanes, is running back Marshall Faulk and wide receiver Steve Smith. Faulk is fourth on the all-time list for yards from scrimmage with 19,154 in his career. Smith is eighth on the all-time list for all-purpose yards with 19,180.