After wrapping up their mini two-game road trip, the San Francisco 49ers (7-4) continued their winning ways as they extended their winning streak while beating Washington in the process. A team that has outscored their opponents 60-47 it has been the 49ers defense that has kept them in the games.
Led by rookie third-round pick (No. 77) ILB Chris Borland who continues to be the rock on the inside, it was Borland’s inside play that helped contain Washington’s RB Alfred Morris as Borland finished the game with a team-high 8 tackles (two tackles for loss). However, not to be outdone was the play of the NFL’s best pass-rusher as 49ers’ OLB Aldon Smith recorded his sacks of the season.
A prediction I made in our preview as I said, “The duo I like to call ‘double trouble’ look for these two pass-rush specialists to create pressure on Washington QB Robert Griffin III as I predict the pair to have at least three sacks,” Aldon did not disappoint as he created havoc in the backfield on the daily.
With the defense continuing to keep the 49ers in the game, it was the play of 49ers WR Anquan Boldin that jump-started the 49ers offense as he scored the game’s first touchdown on a 30-yard corner-route. And with other wide-receivers getting in the mix, the clear-cut favorite of QB Colin Kaepernick continues to be Boldin as he finished with a team-high six catches for 88 yards and one touchdown.
Washington would not go away silently however as they established a seven play, 69 yard drive to tie the score at 10-10 late in the third-quarter. A scoring drive that was possible due to a controversial roughing the passer penalty which nullified a sack by OLB Aaron Lynch, Washington would go on and tie the game on a 27-yard field-goal by K Kai Forbath.
In the end, it was rookie second-round pick (No. 57) RB Carlos Hyde that would save the day as he scored the go-ahead four-yard touchdown.
With the 49ers extending their winning streak to three they will now be on a short-week as they face the Seattle Seahawks in the much anticipated Thanksgiving Day game.