ROCKVILLE – On the first drive of the game, the Washington Redskins ran the ball 10 consecutive times, a strategy that almost worked. While Washington’s throwback style of run-first football got them into field goal range early in the game, Dustin Hopkins would push a 39-yard field goal attempt wide right. It was the closest […]
ROCKVILLE – On the first drive of the game, the Washington Redskins ran the ball 10 consecutive times, a strategy that almost worked.
While Washington’s throwback style of run-first football got them into field goal range early in the game, Dustin Hopkins would push a 39-yard field goal attempt wide right. It was the closest they would get to scoring.
The San Francisco 49ers (6-0) were able to counter the Redskins’ (1-6) old-school style football with their own, playing solid defense and converting on field goals, defeating Washington 9-0 at a rainy FedExField on Oct. 20.
“Tough loss today to a good football team,” said Redskins Head Coach Bill Callahan. “I was proud of the way our guys competed and against one of the better offenses and defenses in the league. Unfortunately, we came upon the short side of the stick.”
Adrian Peterson rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries, but a critical fumble ended Washington’s last chance to take the lead. Late in the third quarter, down 3-0, Peterson fumbled the ball on the 49ers 29-yard line. San Francisco defensive tackle Julian Taylor recovered it, leading to a 49ers field goal on the ensuing drive.
“Unfortunately, I think we had some penetration from the backside and allowed a defender to get in there and make a play on the ball,” Callahan said.
For quarterback Case Keenum, his second consecutive start, and his fifth of the year, things did not go well. While the Redskins’ game plan was to run the offense through Peterson, when given the opportunity Keenum failed to do much, completing 9 of 12 passes for 77 yards.
San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 12 of 21 passes for 151 yards and an interception.
It rained all day Sunday and its impact on the game was noticeable, as the Redskins failed to move the ball on offense, mustering just 154 total yards for the game.
“There’s certain times for going downfield, but you really try to match it up with what they’re doing on defense also,” Keenum said of the rain. “It’s just tough conditions to keep your feet underneath you, snap the ball and everything else.”
Washington defense kept the team within reach for most of the game.
Because of the weather, or the inability of either offense to make plays, the first half ended with the team’s tided at 0-0.
Attempting to get some momentum in the second half, the 49ers went for it on 4th and 5 from the Redskins’ 36-yard line. With a clean pocket, Garoppolo threw a pass off his back foot that was intercepted by Redskins safety Troy Apke. It was a major play that Washington failed to turn into points.
In the second half, the 49ers slowly pulled away, converting field goals on their last three drives of the game. For the Redskins, all their second-half drives ended with either a punt or a fumble, except for the final drive, which ended thanks to time running out in the game.
For San Francisco Head Coach Kyle Shanahan, Sunday’s game against Washington was personal. Shanahan, along with his father Mike, coached in Washington from 2010 to 2013. The Redskins fired Mike Shanahan after a disastrous 3-13 season, where he and management came into conflict.
After the game, Shanahan gave the game ball to his father, noting the personal bitterness he still has with the Redskins management with how they treated his father.
“Everyone’s a little more sensitive being that things involve your family, so that’s why I’m always a little more sensitive to this with my dad here, and that’s why it was nice to get the win,” he said.
The Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings, and former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, on Oct. 24 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.