San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins 11/25/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: San Francisco 49ers 27, Washington Redskins 6
November 25, 2013
Week 12 finished up with a bang on “Monday Night Football” with a matchup between two perennial NFC powers. The 49ers came into D.C. off a close loss to the Saints in Week 11, while the Redskins were just looking for something positive to build on after another dropped divisional game. They didn’t end up with much to be happy about.
Let’s take a closer look at the key statistics and players in this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward, we’ll take a look forward to Week 13 and see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The 49ers offense needed to come out and post a solid game on the national stage, and that’s exactly what they did. San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick got things started early with a first-quarter TD pass to Anquan Boldin for the only scoring of the opening period. The 49ers added a field goal for a 10-0 lead early in the second.
The Redskins were able to muster a couple of field goals in response, heading to the locker room at halftime facing a 6-10 deficit.
Washington wasn’t able to generate any offense after the break either, and it was all 49ers from there on out. Kaepernick recorded another TD pass to Boldin in the third quarter, and also tossed one to Vernon Davis a few minutes later. A final fourth-quarter field goal would be the last score of the game and put the 49ers up for a dominant 27-6 win.
With the victory, the 49ers climb to 7-4, while the Redskins continue their tailspin at 3-8 and seem destined to finish in the NFC East basement once again.
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The Stars: Kaepernick has had his share of struggles this year, but he was on point for this one. With the Redskins prepping for the run, he used his arm to move the offense, posting 235 yards and three touchdown passes. He added 20 more yards on nine carries.
Boldin was the big winner in the receiving game, with five catches for 94 yards and the two scores.
The Niners defense was humming, limiting the Redskins to 190 yards of total offense while nabbing four sacks and an interception.
The Goats: Robert Griffin III will be under a lot of scrutiny this week. He’s experienced quite the fall from grace since his breakout rookie season a year ago, and just can’t recapture that magic now that defenses have adjusted to his play style. He posted just 127 yards passing.
Washington couldn’t run the ball, either. The normally reliable Alfred Morris was only able to grab 52 rush yards on 14 carries.
As a team, Washington gained just 30 yards in the second half. That’s the lowest output by anyone this season.
‘Skins coach Mike Shanahan’s days in D.C. could be numbered. The team sits in last place in their division, and if that position holds, it’ll be the third time in his four-year tenure that they’ve finished there.
Injuries: Both San Francisco and Washington escaped this matchup with a relatively healthy lineup, but they’ve both got a handful of players who are still nursing injuries. The good news for the 49ers is that WR Michael Crabtree is expected to make his return next week.
Outlook: Both teams have pretty big divisional matchups looming in Week 13. The 49ers will face off against the streaking Rams, who made quick work of Chicago last week. (Sunday, December 1, 4:05 PM ET on FOX.)
Meanwhile, the Redskins will get another primetime game on their home turf against the Giants. (Sunday, December 1, 8:30 PM ET on NBC.)
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