The Washington Redskins offense, right, faces the San Francisco 49ers defense at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Anquan Boldin had nine receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ 17-13 victory over Washington’s NFL team on Nov. 23 in San Francisco.
Washington (3-8) had a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter, but was unable to stop San Francisco (7-4) on an eight-play, 75-yard drive.Washington coach Jay Gruden won a challenge, and with 5:36 left to play, tight end San Francisco’s Vernon Davis didn’t made a first down, but running back Frank Gore converted on the subsequent fourth down to keep the drive alive.
On the next play, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick connected with Boldin for a 29-yard reception, and safety Ryan Clark was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. Boldin had a 10-yard reception two plays later, and the drive culminated in a touchdown run for Carlos Hyde.
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
After two punts, Washington started the final drive of the game on their own 4-yard line. With less than a minute left to play, Robert Griffin III fumbled the ball during a sack by defensive tackle Justin Smith. It was recovered by San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks to seal the 49ers’ victory.
Griffin has struggled with consistency since returning from an ankle injury on Nov. 2. The quarterback only threw two touchdowns and has been hit with three interceptions in the last three weeks. He threw 11-of-19 for 106 yards and zero touchdowns against San Francisco, and was sacked five times for a loss of 29 yards.
Griffin was critical of his teammates after the Nov. 16 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which Gruden didn’t seem to appreciate. With backup quarterback Colt McCoy—who was 2-0 during Griffin’s absence—waiting on the sideline, rumors are swirling that the starting quarterback could be benched.
One bright spot in the loss was the play of Washington’s star running back Alfred Morris. Morris had 21 carries for 125 yards and one touchdown; he surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season.
Kaepernick finished 20-of-29 for 256 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Washington’s NFL team falls to last place in the NFC East after the loss. They will face the Indianapolis Colts away on Nov. 30.