The San Francisco 49ers have benefited from the scheme more than anyone as the switch to the Pistol and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the franchise one victory from its first Super Bowl appearance since 1994. Kaepernick set an NFL quarterback record during the Packers blowout with 181 rushing yards.
"I felt that's not real football, at first," Gore said Thursday in The Oakland Tribune. "But it's helping us to where we want to go, and win it all."
The University of Miami ran a pro-style offense with Gore in the backfield. That was before his eight-year NFL career. Pro-style schemes are all he knew. Gore became a four-time Pro Bowl pick and the No. 3 active leader in career rushing yards in that system.
His reservations were understandable.
"Kap did a great job last week," Gore said. "He's big, strong, fast and they have to look out for them.
"Hopefully they keep looking out for him, then 21 (Gore's jersey number) keeps getting the ball and I do what he did last week."