Coach Jim Harbaugh thinks the 49ers' NFC West championship should be proudly displayed like a school diploma: framed and put on a wall.
He envisions a greater tribute for Frank Gore, however.
"There should be a statue of Frank," Harbaugh said Monday. "Maybe with the new stadium, there'll be something somewhere -- a life-size statue of him, in one of those cool positions he gets in, you know?"
Gore became the 49ers' all-time rushing leader during Sunday's 26-0 shutout of the St. Louis Rams, a victory that clinched the NFC West title.
How did Gore celebrate that dual feat? Known as a consummate team player, he not surprisingly hung around his teammates more, including Vernon Davis, Moran Norris and Michael Crabtree.
"Now that we got that out the way, the next step is to get the No. 1 or No. 2 seed," Gore said.
The 49ers (10-2) are poised with the Green Bay Packers (12-0) to secure the NFC's top seeds and thus draw byes for the wild-card round. But the New Orleans Saints (9-3) are "on our backs, so we can't afford to lose any games," cornerback Carlos Rogers said.
The 49ers' breakout success has made it easier for Gore to cope with a string of four straight games without breaking the 100-yard rushing mark. Before that stretch, he cleared the century mark in a franchise-record five straight games.
Gore had 21 carries for 73 yards against the Rams. A 2-yard run in the second quarter vaulted him past Joe "The Jet"
"We were playing kind of sloppy, so I wasn't really thinking about the rushing title," Gore said. "I was thinking how we needed to get going and get this win."
A rout ensued without Gore's fellow co-captain, linebacker Patrick Willis, who injured his right hamstring in the first quarter.
Harbaugh had no updates to share regarding Willis' MRI on Monday. ESPN later reported Willis has a Grade 2 sprain and won't require surgery. He likely will miss Sunday's game at Arizona.
"We need Pat," Gore said. "He's a big part of this team. He's a leader. I feel real good when (No.) 52 is on the field. ... He'll be fine."
As for the 49ers offense, Gore believes Alex Smith's long touchdown passes Sunday will help open up running room in the ensuing games.
"If they want to keep playing eight or nine men in the box (near the line of scrimmage), Alex will keep killing them," Gore added.
Gore is 18 yards away from his fifth 1,000-yard rushing season since being selected as a 2005 third-round draft pick. He has 7,396 career rushing yards.
"I've never seen anything like him, to be honest with you," Harbaugh said. " ... He's not normal. He's not you and me. There's superhuman powers there."
And someday there could be a statue of Gore outside the 49ers' $1 billion stadium, which is set to open in 2015 in Santa Clara. Harbaugh's image of a Gore statue: "(He's) about six inches off the ground, one leg going one way, the other (leg) going the other, twisting and turning."
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