Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/30/13
NEW ORLEANS - Watching the New York Giants hoist the Lombardi Trophy last season wasn't the happy ending the San Francisco 49ers had in mind. It's driving their focus preparing for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, where the team buzzword is everywhere. "Finish," said running back Frank Gore. "We finish. And last year we didn't finish. So we say we have to finish this year." The 49ers lost the 2011 NFC Championship Game in overtime to the Giants, who beat the Patriots in Indianapolis to win Super Bowl XLVI. Presented a second conference title shot in coach Jim Harbaugh's two seasons with the franchise, the 49ers took care of the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994. Athletes are often driven by their most recent, or most memorable, defeat. Gore remains driven by competition - for his carries as the featured back in the 49ers' offense, and for attention in the pecking order of the top backs in the NFL. In pro football terms, Gore is ne...
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