49ers vs. Redskins. The San Francisco 49ers came into this matchup with the Washington Redskins needing a win to keep pace in the NFC Wild Card hunt. The Redskins needed a win just stay away from a losing season. And while the 49ers hopes of a return to the playoffs continue, it seems the hopes of the Redskins this season may be over after a 27-6 loss.
Initially, the game was dominated by the defenses, and even the porous Redskins defense was having some success against the 49ers offense. But as the game wore on, the 49ers offense behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 3 TD passes began to find its footing. While the Redskins offense could not.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III couldn’t get anything going on the passing game, and running back Alfred Morris was bottled up most of the night. Griffin could only manage 127 yards passing and Morris who had been averaging over five yards per carry for the season, could only muster 52 yards.
49ers receiver Anquan Boldin had 94 yards receiving and 2 TD’s on the night to plague the Redskins secondary. The 49ers defense had 4 sacks on RGIII, and outside linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith looked dominant against the Redskins offensive line. Redskins tackles Tyler Polumbus and Trent Williams didn’t fare well against the 49ers duo.
However, the game was still close at 10-6 in the third quarter. But a failed fourth down conversion by the Redskins led to 60 yard touchdown drive by the 49ers culminating with a 6 yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick to Anquan Boldin. And it was all down hill for Redskins from there on.
Moving forward, questions remain for the Redskins as chances for a winning season are over, as they settle into last place in the NFC East.