With a decisive 27-6 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football the San Francisco 49ers ended a two-game winning streak. The 49ers pulled off the win thanks to the offense and defense dominating the Redskins in all four quarters. At 7-4, the Niners currently hold the sixth seed in the NFC playoff picture.
On offense, Colin Kaepernick was a huge reason why the 49ers finished the game with their seventh W in the win column. Kaepernick threw for 235 passing yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 20 yards on nine attempts. Two of Kap’s touchdown passes went to Anquan Boldin who finished with five receptions for 94 yards. The third touchdown pass thrown by Kaepernick was to Vernon Davis late in the third quarter. Davis’ touchdown catch gave the Niners a 24-6 lead and put the game out of reach for a Redskins comeback.
A little troublesome was the 49ers offense gaining only 76 total rushing yards. Frank Gore only averaged just over two yards a carry. He rushed 13 times for 31 yards. However, with the way San Francisco’s defense played and Kaepernick throwing for over 200 yards for the third time this season, the ground game was not needed to run out the clock to sustain the lead.
The 49ers defense held the Robert Griffin III and his offense to zero touchdowns and 190 total net yards. RG3 completed 17-of-27 passes for 127 yards and one interception. It was the first home game since 2003 the Redskins scored zero touchdowns and gained less than 200 yards. Washington’s first three possessions ended in a three-and-out. Donte Whitner intercepted RG3 on the Redskins’ fourth drive, which lead to a field goal. Ahmad Brooks was a beast on defense with seven tackles and two sacks.
No doubt this was a much needed win for the 49ers as they stayed in the playoff hunt and are now tied with the Arizona Cardinals for second-place in the NFC West. San Francisco’s defense continued to play like the best defensive unit in the league. Their effort was finally matched by Kaepernick and his offense which has been mostly absent the past two games.