LONDON — The 49ers returned to London on Monday with their sights set on extending a four-game win streak. That means sightseeing isn't a priority, according to running back Frank Gore.
“As a team we've got to know it's still a business trip and we're there for a game,” Gore said after Sunday's 31-17 win at Tennessee. “An NFL game can go any way. We have to be ready. We can't look at their record.”
That would be the 0-7 record the Jacksonville Jaguars bring into Sunday's game at Wembley Stadium against the red-hot 49ers (5-2).
The 49ers will practice about 30 minutes north of London in the Hertfordshire countryside, at the same resort they bunkered at in 2010 before a win over the Denver Broncos.
Only about a third of that 2010 roster remains, and Gore is a part of it, so he's a credible source in terms of how this coming week should unfold.
Said Gore: “We have to be ready, and go out there and be focused. Get the win and have the bye week.”
The bye indeed will come at the halfway point of the 49ers' season, one that began with a dominant win over the Green Bay Packers before back-to-back losses to the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts. The 49ers are one-game off the NFC West lead held by the Seahawks (6-1).
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, an 11-year veteran, has never played overseas, but he did help the Arizona Cardinals defeat the 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City in 2005 as the NFL launched its international series, which has since been held annually in London.
“You have to make it as normal as possible, although you're out of your elements,” Boldin said. “You have to try to stick to your schedule, continue to do the things you've been doing up to this point.
“It's a task because you're going across seas. For myself and a lot of the guys, we'll try to stick to our routine as much as possible.”
After arriving Monday morning in London, the 49ers were scheduled to take part in a community-relations event at the Tottenham Hotspur soccer team's training facility. Practices will remain closed to the public during the week, with the NFL's minimum-required access granted to the media Wednesday through Friday.