(Eds: Updates with details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Frank Gore is quick to point out that a big reason he is on such a nice roll again in San Francisco's running game is because of Bruce Miller's timely, hard blocking.
These two work hand in hand, and Gore gets the credit. Miller hardly minds.
''Bruce is a baller, he's a smart player,'' Gore said. ''He can catch, he can block.''
An unheralded third-year fullback whose job is considered among the most important in the 49ers' ground game, Miller has thrived after switching sides of the ball two years ago as a rookie.
He's making a living in front of Gore - and loves it that way. Miller does more than just block, too: He has nine receptions for 82 yards with his best being a 17-yard catch, and all his regular work on offense this year has cut his role on special teams.
''Frank,'' Miller said, smiling as Gore walked by, ''having backs like him and Kendall (Hunter) and LaMichael (James), those guy...