(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) There's something about having the Detroit Lions next on the schedule that brings out the best in Frank Gore.
Backup Kendall Hunter is having the same kind of effect on the three-time Pro Bowl running back.
The San Francisco 49ers are benefiting from the play of both. The 49ers lead the NFC in rushing and rank second in the NFL after the Gore-Hunter tandem combined for 153 yards on the ground during last week's victory at Green Bay.
The Niners look to keep it rolling Sunday night in their home opener against the Lions, who have struggled to contain Gore and San Francisco's rushing game. Gore is averaging 125.3 yards rushing in four career games against the Lions, the most of any NFL back since Gore entered the league in 2005.