SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers will be scoreboard watching tonight. With an Atlanta Falcons win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, that will guarantee the 49ers the #2 seed in the NFC for the playoffs.
“I always watch Monday Night games,” running back Frank Gore said. “I’m going for Atlanta right now.”
Gore emphasized that the 49ers are a good team and that they faced a tough test against a Seattle Seahawks team that was on a roll. In years past, the team would panic through adversity but Gore knows that the 49ers handled and responded well — especially on the blocked punt.
“We wanted the touchdown but it didn’t come down to that,” Gore said. “We just wanted the points, really. Once we got the points our defense was going to do good. Seattle gave us all they had be we just were the better team.”
Gore said his focus now is to finish off the regular season strong. If the Saints do end up winning tonight, the 49ers can still wrap up the #2 seed with a win in St. Louis.
“We’ve got to go down there and try to jump on St. Louis early, try to get it over with early and try to get ready for the playoffs,” Gore said. “We know what type of team we are. We’re a great team. The offense is playing good, defense is playing good, special teams is playing good – that’s what you need to try to go far in the playoffs.”
Ted Ginn, Joshua Morgan update
Wide receiver Ted Ginn was walking around the locker room without any noticeable limp after missing Saturday’s game with a left ankle injury. He’s not sure when he would return and was trying to be cautious about returning too soon.
“I’m not really trying to rush it,” Ginn said. “Just trying to go day by day.”
Ginn said that he hopes to return soon because he wants to keep his body active and avoid any rust. Even the idea of potentially making the Pro Bowl roster isn’t on his mind.
“I’m just thinking about having a great season, a great record,” Ginn said. “Whatever comes with it, comes with it.”
Ginn also noted that at punt returner, he doesn’t see any drop off with Kyle Williams as his replacement.
Receiver Joshua Morgan was walking without a boot for the first time on Saturday as he watched the team play from the sidelines. It was his first road game he’s attended since breaking a bone in his ankle that ended his season.
Morgan was optimistic about his recovery, as he said that he was already ahead of schedule. He has one screw already removed but still has eight more remaining in his leg.
The receiver has been with the team every day since the injury. This past week, he had been helping with quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst and this week he’s focusing on helping out the wide receivers.
When asked about being a free agent after this season, Morgan said he hasn’t talked with his agent yet but he is happy that the 49ers want to bring him back. He said he wanted to keep playing with the players he came into the team with.