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Niners' Frank Gore: 'We're going to the playoffs'

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The San Francisco 49ers sit at 4-4 and are staring at a swirling season.

Jim Harbaugh's team sits three games back of the Arizona Cardinals for the division lead in the NFC West and a game behind rival Seattle Seahawks. With NFC wild-card hopefuls appearing headed toward needing 10 wins, the 49ers are in a tough spot with a difficult schedule down the stretch.

Veteran Frank Gore, however, doesn't believe his team's playoff streak will end this year.

"We're going to the playoffs," Gore said, per CSN Bay Area. "We're going to do it. We have great coaches. We have great guys. The last three years, we've been spoiled. That's where we want to go, to get to the postseason. Once everybody takes care of their jobs, we have a great shot."

Desperate for a win, the 49ers head to New Orleans, where the Saints have been nearly unbeatable -- winning 11 straight home games.

There has been much consternation in the Bay Area about the use of Gore within the 49ers' offense, as the team's run percentage has dipped from 53 percent in 2013 to 44 percent this year.

Gore, however, doesn't believe merely handing the ball off more will magically improve the offense.

"Nah, it's a team," Gore said. "We have great players all around. Receivers, the backs, I just think as a group we have to do better, (be) more consistent. It's always one player here or one player there. In this league, that can't happen. You're not going to win games when everybody on offense isn't clicking together."

The 49ers need to start clicking in a hurry to ensure Gore's playoff guarantee comes true.

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