No. 2: The win was more valuable than first thought
It would have been very easy to just assume this game would be a relative walk in the park for San Francisco. The 5-0 49ers facing the 1-5 Redskins (who only narrowly beat lowly Miami) seemed like an easy thing on paper.
Of course, the reality was one everybody should have seen coming.
An early game on the other side of the country, played in very wet conditions against a team that wants to knock off an undefeated opponent and with so many outs for the San Francisco offense.
It just screamed “trap game.”
Despite all this, the Niners still managed to not only win, but shut out the Redskins. These sorts of games have tripped other teams up before, and the 49ers showed they can power through and continue to win.
It was very important, considering what came afterwards.
The Seattle Seahawks had been narrowly beating opponents all year, showing a knack of winning in the clutch. The result seemingly every week was the 49ers were unable to shake off their recent nemesis in the race for the NFC West lead.
The landscape changed, however, as the Seahawks lost at home 30-16 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Not slipping up has become huge, as the 49ers now have a 1.5 game division lead over the Seahawks and are two up in the loss column.