San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins: The History, Numbers & Connections Behind the Game

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In Week 12, the San Francisco 49ers will travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Redskins. The showdown will be played on Monday Night Football as both teams are trying to end a two-game losing streak.

This season, both Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III have underperformed compared to last season. RG3 has struggled after coming back from a serious knee injury he suffered in the playoffs last season and having a bad defense that does not keep the Redskins in games. Kaepernick has had issues this season because of injuries to offensive weapons, opposing defenses figuring him out, a lack of good play calling and not having confidence in receivers not named Anquan or Vernon.

The game against the Redskins will either make or break the rest of the season for the 49ers. If we win, San Francisco will be tied for second with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West and will hold onto the sixth seed of the playoffs. If we lose the Niners’ playoff chances are basically gone with a 6-5 record.

With a national spotlight on Monday Night Football, Jim Harbaugh and his team have an opportunity to showcase to the NFL that the 49ers are still a force to reckoned with and they shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

The History

This marks the 30th meeting between the 49ers and Redskins. San Francisco leads the all-time series with an 18-10-1 record. The last meeting was on November 6, 2011, with the 49ers winning, 19-11.

The first game was held on November 16, 1952, with the 49ers beating the Redskins 23-17. The game was held at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C.

San Francisco has squared-off against Washington four times in the playoffs: three Division Round games and one NFC Championship. The 49ers won the Divisional Round matchups in ’71, ’91 and ’93. The Niners lost the NFC Championship game of the 1983 season to the Redskins, 24-21. The Redskins would go on to lose Super Bowl XVIII to the Los Angeles Raiders.

Matchups: 29

Series Record: 49ers lead series 18-10-1

49ers Home Record vs. Redskins: 49ers lead series 11-3-1

49ers Away Record vs. Redskins: Series tied 7-7

First Meeting: 11/16/52, 49ers win 23-17, at Was.

Last Meeting: 11/6/11, 49ers win 19-11, at Was.

Current Streak: 49ers have Won 2

Longest 49ers Win Streak: 7 (11/21/88 – 9/14/98)

Longest Redskins Win Streak: 3 (11/11/73 – 10/29/78)

Most 49ers Points: 45 (9/14/98): 49ers win 45-10, at Was.

Most Redskins Points: 38 (10/29/78): Redskins win 38-20, at Was.

49ers Shutouts: None

Redskins Shutouts: 1 (11/13/55), Redskins win 7-0, at Was.

Series History against Redskins (click image for larger view):

The Numbers

  • 2: Number of times the 49ers have played at FedEx Field, with a 1-1 record
  • 16: LB NaVorro Bowman recorded a game-high 16 tackles last week
  • 55: K Phil Dawson made 2 of 2 FG attempts last week, including one from a season-long 55-yards
  • 272: WR Anquan Boldin ranks 5th in the NFL with 272 receiving yards on third down
  • 16.3: TE Vernon Davis is averaging 16.3 yards per reception, the highest average for a tight end in the NFL
  • 72: RB Frank Gore registered his first-career TD on a 72-yard run vs. Washington on October, 23, 2005
  • 345: WR Mario Manningham has 345 receiving yards in six games against the Redskins
  • 30: FB Bruce Miller had his first-career touchdown reception, 30 yards, against Washington in 2011
  • 50: DT Justin Smith recorded his 50th career sack against the Redskins in 2008
  • 67: WR Pierre Garcon leads Washington with 67 receptions this season
  • 42.9: Punter Andy Lee is ranked 2nd in the NFL with a net average of 42.9 yards per punt
  • 3: The 49ers have 3 wins under Jim Harbaugh against the NFC East
  • 4: San Francisco is 4-0 this season when winning the time of possession
  • 28: San Francisco’s defense has allowed 28 plays of 20-or-more yards this season, which ranks tied for 2nd in the league
  • 155.2: The Redskins offense is 1st overall in total rushing yards per game
  • 15: The 49ers offense has 15 rushing touchdowns, best in the NFL
  • 92: Mario Manningham’s longest career reception was for 92 yards and came against Washington in 2011.

2013 Comparison

49ERS (rank)               REDSKINS (rank)

6-4 (t-2nd NFCW) Record 3-7 (4th NFCE)

24.7 (12th) Points Per Game 24.6 (13th)

309.0 (29th) Total Offense 412.1 (6th)

141.0 (5th) Rushing Offense 155.2 (1st)

168.0 (32nd) Passing Offense 256.9 (11th)

29:31 (21st) Possession Average 31:41 (6th)

17.8 (4th) Points Allowed Per Game 31.1 (30th)

323.8 (7th) Total Defense 389.9 (28th)

103.8 (t-12th) Rushing Defense 115.0 (19th)

220.0 (10th) Passing Defense 274.9 (26th)

21 (t-26th) Sacks 25 (20th)

11 (t-13th) Interceptions 10 (t-18th)

48.7 (3rd) Punting Avg. (Gross) 40.3 (32nd)

+6 (7th) Turnover Differential -2 (t-18th)

 The Connections

  • Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan served as offensive coordinator for three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1992-94).
  • Vernon Davis attended Dunbar High School in Washington D.C. Davis went on to attend the University of Maryland. He and Redskins CB Josh Wilson both attended Maryland in 2005.
  • NaVorro Bowman attended Suitland High School in District Heights, Maryland. In 2009, Bowman and Redskins linebacker Josh Hull attended Penn State together. From 2007-2010, Bowman was a teammate at Penn State with Redskins RB Evan Royster.
  • CB Carlos Rogers entered the NFL as the 9th overall pick in the 2005 draft by Washington, and went on to play six seasons for the Redskins, before signing a contract with the 49ers in 2011.
  • LB Ahmad Brooks’ father, Perry Brooks, played in 92 games at defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins from 1978-84. Ahmad was born in Fairfax, VA.
  • Prior to joining the Redskins in 2010, offensive line coach Chris Foerster spent two years as the offensive line coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Foerster was originally hired as the 49ers Co-Offensive Line Coach on February 15, 2008 before assuming the title of Offensive Line Coach in Week 8 of the 2008 season. In 2009, Foerster’s line helped running back Frank Gore rush for 1,120 yards, the second-highest total of his career and his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season. Gore also set a career high with 10 rushing touchdowns and earned his second Pro Bowl selection.
  • From 2003-2004, both Gore and Redskins FS Brandon Meriweather attended the University of Miami.
  • Washington’s RB Roy Helu, Jr., was born in Danville, CA (San Francisco Bay Area).
  • Washington’s WR Joshua Morgan played for the 49ers from 2008-2011.

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