Frank Gore's 11 rushes for 14 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game was his most underwhelming performance of the NFL season. But according to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, Gore finished the game after obtaining a finger injury that will require offseason surgery:
Source: Frank Gore to have surgery on his finger. It's not considered serious. Running back had key, 17-yard catch at the end of SUN's game.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 21, 2014
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports Gore played the final drive with the injury, which included that key reception. He has been replaced on the Pro Bowl roster by DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys, though Maiocco notes he probably wouldn't have played in the game anyway:
Frank Gore will not play in Pro Bowl. He had no desire to play, and he was on injury report last week with "knee" while fully practicing.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) January 21, 2014
Gore's performance against Seattle was disappointing, but he was excellent this season at the age of 30, which is generally viewed as the expiration date of most running backs in the NFL. He rushed for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season, while totaling 150 yards and a score in San Francisco's first two playoff wins.
His surgery sounds much less serious than what his teammates will endure, via Barrows, as NaVorro Bowman will have his torn ACL repaired while Ray McDonald has a torn biceps.