SAN FRANCISCO -- The Seattle Seahawks brought Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch to bear on the 49ers on Thursday night, but it wasn't enough to offset the performance by 49ers counterpart Frank Gore.
Gore accounted for 182 of his team's 313 yards -- a performance that prompted 49ers tight end Delanie Walker to coin a rival term.
"Gorilla Mode," Walker said after the 49ers' 13-6 victory.
Better yet: "Gore-illa Mode."
As impressive as the numbers he racked up, Gore did it despite a back injury he sustained in the second quarter when a Seahawks defender speared him in the back. Imagine what he might have done at 100 percent. As it was, Gore rushed for 131 yards and caught five passes for 51 yards.
"That's what Frank does," Walker said. "We always pound the ball with Frank. Sometimes we go away from it in different games. But when it's a tough game like this one, we try to get Frank the ball because he's great at finding holes, and he can run and pound the ball."
Gore's versatility and ability to take over a game manifested itself on a game-changing drive midway through the third quarter, with the Seahawks clinging to a 6-3 lead and the 49ers at their own 14-yard line.
Gore caught two passes for 27 yards and rushed four times for 23. The 10-play drive culminated with a touchdown reception by Walker for the game's lone touchdown.
Lynch entered the game third in the league in rushing at 549 yards in six games. Gore was 10th
Most of Gore's rushing yards came in the second half, when the 49ers were in dire need of someone to jump-start a listless attack.
He netted 92 of his 131 yards on the ground in the second half. That's the sign of a good back, right guard Alex Boone said.
"We just kind of felt them start to give up a little bit, and they knew we were just going to keep running the ball on them," Boone said of the worn-down Seahawks defense.
By that time, Gore was in full form. Free safety Dashon Goldson said what Gore was doing became must-see TV. So, he left the bench and gained a front-row seat on the sideline as Gore gashed the Seahawks time and again.
Twice, Gore blew through the line and into the wide-open expanse of the Seahawks secondary. On one occasion, he came close to capping the long run with a touchdown.
"I just got in a rhythm," Gore said. "The offensive line and receivers did a good job. When I get in a rhythm, I feel I can't be stopped."
Lynch became somewhat of a household name for a spectacular run during the 2010 playoffs. His catchy nickname also is something that makes people take note.
Niners strong safety Donte Whitner said Gore is every bit as good as Lynch and certainly one of the best backs in the league.
"He doesn't really get all the credit he deserves, but he's one of the best backs in the NFL," Whitner said. "He's hard to tackle, he's tough, he's reliable."
Now that the 49ers are winning on a regular basis and a staple on nationally televised games, Whitner said, it's only a matter of time before the rest of the nation realizes what people in these parts have known for a long time.
Gore is also a beast.