Words we never thought we would write before the season:
Frank Gore has an outside shot of rushing for 1,000 yards.
At age 35.
He will almost certainly top 1,000 yards from scrimmage, after another vintage game Sunday against the Patriots:
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92 yards on 12 carries. 24 more on a catch.
And two more milestones passed along the way.
Gore on Sunday passed LaDainian Tomlinson on the all-time list for both yards from scrimmage and all-purpose yards. He’s now fifth on the former (18,530) and ninth on the latter (18,537).
And he’s as efficient as he’s ever been. Gore on the season has 708 rushing yards on 151 carries and 124 receiving yards on 12 catches. His yards-per-carry average (4.7) is tied for fourth-best in his long, successful career.
Gore was asked about whether he would play again in 2019 in the moments after the game.
“I don’t know,” Gore said. “We take it one game at a time, one year at a time. We’ve got three more [games]. Hopefully we can keep rolling, try to get in the postseason, see how my body feels, see if the Dolphins want me to come back and make a decision.”
It’s hard to see how the Dolphins would not want him to return. He is their leading rusher by 245 yards. And he still has the burst of a back 10 years his junior, as evidenced by the 36-yard rumble he had Sunday.
“I just keep working hard,” Gore said. “The O-line did a great job and when my number gets called, I’m going to do my best to do it right.”
Gore’s place in Canton is secured. He’s in the all-time top 10 of most every major category for running backs.
So what does he still have to play for?
Moments like Sunday, when the Dolphins pulled off the most improbable of wins.
“It keeps lifting us up,” Gore said. “We’re taking one game at a time. We’re looking at every game from here on out, even today, as a playoff game. We fought hard last week to beat the Bills, came back this week, tough game against the Patriots and got it done. At this time, you need some luck on your side. We’re just going to keep fighting, keep believing in our coaches, keep standing as one and we’ll see what happens.”