We’re seated in the corner end zone along the suite level here at FedEx Field. Great seats for today’s contest between the 49ers and Redskins.
The 49ers are already 3-0 in games in the Eastern Time Zone and will try to improve to 4-0 (7-1 overall) today against the Skins. They’ll have to do so without the help of defensive tackle Ray McDonald who is inactive for today’s game. Ricky Jean Francois will start in his place. Cornerback Shawntae Spencer is also inactive with Tramaine Brock has returning from his injury.
49ers – QB Scott Tolzien, WR Brett Swain, CB Shawntae Spencer, FB Moran Norris, G Daniel Kilgore, G Mike Person, DT Ray McDonald
Redskins – WR Donte Stallworth, S Oshiomogho Atogwe, RB Tashard Choice, LB Markus White, OL Willie Smith, WR Santana Moss, DL Darrion Scott
Here’s my pregame interview with Ted Robinson. The key to this game according to Robinson, make John Beck beat you.
The Redskins started with the ball at the 20 and picked up 16 on the first play as Roy Helu ran to the right side of the line. The 49ers were able to hold on 3rd and 6 as Beck’s pass was incomplete intended for Terrence Austin. Ginn returned the kick 11 yards to the 18.
Frank Gore picked up 12 for the 49ers on their first offensive play, dancing and eventually finding a hole up the middle. Kendall Hunter got the next carry and picked up 6 to the left side. The 49ers got another first down on Alex Smith’s first pass of the game…good enough for 6 yards to Michael Crabtree. The 49ers had a 3rd and 1, but were flagged for a delay of game and that hurt in more ways than one. On 3rd down, smith was flushed from the pocket and drilled by Ryan Kerrigan for a big loss. The punt rolled into the end zone for a touchback.
The 49ers defense forced a three and out. Beck’s third down pass was dropped by Helu.
Smith hit Crabtree wide right on the first play of the drive, picking up 21. The 49ers were in 3rd and 14. Smith escaped pressure and looked like he had a good shot at picking up the first down by running. He elected to toss it to Gore, who bobbled the ball. Lee’s punt was muffed by Banks, but he recovered it at the 3.
The Redskins got some breathing room thanks to a questionable holding call against Justin Smith, who read the screen they were trying to set up. Dashon Goldson put an end to the Skins drive, picking off Beck at the 42.
Frank Gore picked up 9 yards on the last play of the quarter.
Highlight Reel: Dashon Goldson’s pick provides momentum for the 49ers going into the second quarter.
Standout Stat: The 49ers 3 penalties for 15 yards have been costly. The Redskins have yet to get a penalty.
Put it in Perspective: The Redskins are really trying to establish the run with Helu, who has 29 yards in the first quarter. The 49ers streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher could be in jeopardy. The defense has played well so far and the offense has shown they can move the ball. The 49ers need to avoid some of the penalties that have put them in third and longs.
Alex Smith had to throw the ball away on 3rd down, but David Akers came on and drilled a 52-yard field goal to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead.
49ers 3 – Redskins 0
The 49ers had good coverage on the kickoff and the Redskins will start their drive from the 21. Beck’s second down pass was well in front of Niles Paul. That set up a 3rd and 7, but Beck was able to convert by hitting Gaffney along the right sideline. On 3rd and 8, Justin Smith drew a roughness penalty and Washington couldn’t convert on the third and very long. Ginn returned the punt to the 24.
Smith hit Crabtree for 13 yards on the first play of the drive and then Gore picked up another 13 on a run wide right. The 49ers fell to 0-4 on third down conversions as Smith’s pass was high an bounced off the hands of Davis. Lee’s punt was downed by Dixon at the 9.
Aldon Smith brought the pressure on third down and rushed Beck’s throw for Gaffney and it was out of reach.
Ginn returned the punt 8 yards to the 45.
On the second play of the drive, Gore bounced the run to the right side and got a good block from Crabtree for a gain of 27. The 49ers looked like they were going to go for it on 4th and 1, but they were flagged for a false start. Harbaugh then sent out the field goal unit and Akers tacked on a 34-yard field goal.
49ers 6 – Redskins 0
The Redskins turned the ball over and it was costly. Helu’s fumble was recovered at the 30 by Donte Whitner. On the first play of the 49ers drive, Alex Smith found Bruce Miller on a wheel route for a 30-yard touchdown.
49ers 13 – Redskins 0
The Redskins were able to move the ball down the field and that set up a 59-yard field goal by Graham Gano.
49ers 13 – Redskins 3
Highlight Reel: Alex Smith’s 30-yard touchdown to his fullback was a beauty. Miller beat his defender on a wheel route and went untouched for the score.
Standout Stat: Alex Smith is 7 of 12 for 88 yards with one touchdown. He has a QB rating of 109.0.
Put it in Perspective: The 49ers struggled to score points early, but came on strong late with the TD pass to Miller. They’ll get the ball to start the half and another touchdown could break the game wide open. They have not turned the ball over and forced two turnovers. Ball security will be big in the second half.
Smith hit Kyle Williams on a quick out on the first play of the drive to move the chains. Gore picked up 13 on the second play to get another set of downs, carrying Landry along the way. After a promising opening drive, Lee had to punt from the 40. The ball rolled into the end zone, netting only 20.
Ahmad Brooks dropped Beck on the first play of the drive. On 3rd and long, Beck hit Hankerson but he was well short of the first down. Ginn returned the punt out to the 39.
Alex Smith gave the 49ers their first 3rd down conversion (previously 0-6) as he rolled right and hit Ginn for 14 yards. Smith was sacked on third down by Brian Orakpo. Akers came on and hit his third field goal of the game, this one from 45.
49ers 16 – Redskins 3
The Redskins moved the chains on third down as Beck hit Hankerson to the right side against the coverage of Culliver. On the next third down, Beck’s pass was batted at the line of scrimmage and went right to Helu for a big game. Just how they drew it up???
Highlight Reel: David Akers hit his third field goal of the game, sneaking a 45-yarder between the uprights.
Standout Stat: The 49ers lead the Redskins in rushing yards, 116-52.
Put it in Perspective: It seems like this game has flown by. Another touchdown by the 49ers might be good enough to put the game out of reach. The defense has the Redskins backed up and needs to get the ball back.
The Redskins came up just two yards short on third and long. They went with a pass on 4th and short and it was dropped as Bowman had tight coverage.
The 49ers were backed up on their drive after an offensive pass interference call against Ginn. That brought up 3rd and 7 and Smith stepped up and threw a strike to Vernon Davis for a gain of 21. On the next third down, Smith hit Edwards on a slant. Edwards broke one tackle and then lowered the shoulder into another defender, down to the 12. The 49ers settles for another Akers field goal to make it 19-3.
49ers 19 – Redskins 3
That’s it for the blog. Stay tuned to 49ers.com for postgame coverage.
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