4 major observations from Sam Howell's performance vs. the 49ers in Week 17

It's been quite a week for Sam Howell...

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What were some major observations from Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howel's performance against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17?

After one of his more turbulent weeks, Sam Howell ended up starting for the Washington Commanders in Week 17. Jacoby Brissett - who was named the new No. 1 on Wednesday - tweaked his hamstring and wasn't risked. This forced Ron Rivera and Eric Bieniemy back to the former fifth-round selection after all but writing him off.

Howell was entering the last chance saloon, to a certain extent. Any further failings weren't going to be well received by any prospective head coach or general manager combination. Therefore, making the best out of an indifferent situation against a ferocious San Francisco 49ers defense was essential.

It was almost a career-defining moment for Howell. As it turned out, the Commanders were unable to pull off one of the league's biggest upsets of the season. It was also another indifferent outing from the second-year-pro.

With this in mind, here are four major observations from Howell's performance versus the Niners at FedEx Field.

Sam Howell's body language

One of the interesting things to monitor early was Sam Howell's body language under center. It would have been easy for the signal-caller to sulk after a rough week that saw him benched before Jacoby Brissett's unfortunate injury. Instead, he seemed full of resolve and determined to right some wrongs in the face of exceptional opposition.

This was a testament to Howell's overall character. It's not been easy - especially lately. But his steely will was enough to not only take the field with the same mindset but also rise to the occasion right out of the gate to keep the Washington Commanders competitive.