San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins

SF
24
WAS
26
FINAL
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SF 0710724
WAS 7100926

Game Information
Location: FedEx Field Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 75,568

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Jay Gruden was hardly happy after this victory. That subdued reaction signifies progress, according to Washington's coach.

Kirk Cousins and the Redskins sweated it out and barely held on to beat past - and possibly future - mentor Kyle Shanahan's winless San Francisco 49ers 26-24 on Sunday. The Redskins (3-2) blew a 17-point lead amid injuries and a pair of turnovers and survived a last-minute drive by 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.

"You can see that we're starting to turn a corner a little bit when you're not quite as ecstatic as you normally would be after a win," Gruden said. "I know we can play a lot better."

That includes Cousins, who threw for two touchdowns, ran for one and had an interception against the team he has been linked to for next season because of his connection with Shanahan. Gruden called Cousins' play "efficient" after the quarterback was 25 of 37 for 330 yards passing and added 27 yards on the ground.

Despite the inconsistencies, Cousins came away smiling.

"I think we did a good job as an offense," said Cousins, who had TD passes to Josh Doctson and Samaje Perine . "It wasn't perfect. There were a couple mistakes, but all in all (we) did a lot of good things."

Shanahan benched Brian Hoyer for Beathard, who threw for 245 yards, a touchdown and an interception and nearly led an impressive comeback.

Beathard, a third-round pick out of Iowa and grandson of former Redskins Super Bowl-winning general manager Bobby Beathard, took over for Hoyer with about six and a half minutes left in the first half and the 49ers (0-6) down 14-0. After Hoyer was 4 of 11 for 34 yards, Beathard went 19 of 36 in his first NFL action.

Running back Carlos Hyde said Beathard looked "like he'd been out there before." Shanahan said Beathard had done enough to supplant Hoyer as the starter.

With the 49ers down by two in the final minute, Beathard led them toward field goal range with a 12-yard pass to former Washington receiver Pierre Garcon along the sideline. He was intercepted by Kendall Fuller on fourth down to seal the result that was much closer than many expected.

"We didn't think we had to make the game that close," said Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, who played through a knee injury. "It shouldn't have been a nail-biter coming down towards the end."

San Francisco is now the first in NFL history to lose five consecutive games by three points or fewer - a combined 13 points.

DAVIS IN CHARGE

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis had a fumble to set up a 49ers touchdown and a 51-yard catch against the team he played his prime years with. Davis fumbled after making a catch in the third quarter, and Hyde ran for a 1-yard touchdown on the next play to tie the score.

Davis made up for that mistake by catching a pass from Cousins at the Washington 45 and running 33 more yards to the San Francisco 22. Cousins scored not long after.

"Up the seams, just run as fast as you possibly can, that's what coach always says," Davis said. "I saw an opening so I just went right around the defender and looked up for the ball and Kirk ... he's good at those, he put it right there and I didn't have to do much."

KEY PENALTY

A key call on San Francisco's last drive came on second-and-10 at Washington's 40 with less than a half-minute left.

Garcon was called for offensive pass interference, which pushed the Niners back to midfield. They wouldn't gain another yard. Garcon argued the ruling on the field; asked about it in the locker room, he replied: "I cannot talk about the referees."

Shanahan said he would have let Robbie Gould attempt a 57-yard field goal had the 49ers wound up with fourth down at the 40.

INJURIES

49ers: DE Arik Armstead left with a hand injury. ... DE Aaron Lynch left with a calf injury. ... Rookie LB Reuben Foster missed his fifth consecutive game with an ankle injury.

Redskins: CB Bashaud Breeland will have an MRI on his left knee after being on the receiving end of a low block. Gruden said it was an MCL issue. ... Rookie DL Jonathan Allen left with a foot injury in the fourth quarter and will also have an MRI. ... S Stefan McClure left with a sprained left knee. ... RB Rob Kelley (ankle) and CB Josh Norman (rib) were inactive.

UP NEXT

49ers: Host Dallas on Sunday still looking for their first victory.

Redskins: Visit the NFC East-leading Eagles on Monday, Oct. 23.

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Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Redskins
10:14 Josh Doctson 11 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Redskins
09:47 Samaje Perine 3 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick) 0 14
01:51 Dustin Hopkins 48 yd FG 0 17
00:00 Carlos Hyde 1 yd run (Robbie Gould kick) 7 17

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Redskins
09:41 Robbie Gould 52 yd FG 10 17
03:01 Carlos Hyde 1 yd run (Robbie Gould kick) 17 17

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Redskins
10:34 Dustin Hopkins 21 yd FG 17 20
03:28 Kirk Cousins 7 yd run (missed kick) 17 26
01:58 Aldrick Robinson 45 yd pass from C.J. Beathard (Robbie Gould kick) 24 26

Team Stats
  San Francisco Washington
1st Downs 21 25
Total Yards 335 419
Passing 250 325
Passing Completions/Attempts 23-47 25-37
Yards/Pass 5.0 8.6
Rushing 85 94
Rushing Attempts 20 33
Yards/Rush 4.3 2.8
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 23:08 36:52

San Francisco Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
C.J. Beathard 19 36 245 6.8 1 1
Brian Hoyer 4 11 34 3.1 0 0

Washington Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kirk Cousins 25 37 330 8.9 2 1

San Francisco Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Carlos Hyde 13 28 2.1 2 7
Matt Breida 4 21 5.2 0 10
Raheem Mostert 1 16 16.0 0 16
C.J. Beathard 1 14 14.0 0 14
Marquise Goodwin 1 6 6.0 0 6

Washington Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Chris Thompson 16 33 2.1 0 11
Kirk Cousins 4 26 6.5 1 18
Samaje Perine 9 23 2.6 0 8
Jamison Crowder 1 11 11.0 0 11
Mack Brown 2 2 1.0 0 3
Niles Paul 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

San Francisco Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Aldrick Robinson 2 66 33.0 1 45
Pierre Garcon 5 55 11.0 0 22
Carlos Hyde 5 47 9.4 0 12
George Kittle 4 46 11.5 0 31
Marquise Goodwin 2 26 13.0 0 19
Matt Breida 2 15 7.5 0 11
Garrett Celek 1 13 13.0 0 13
Trent Taylor 2 11 5.5 0 10

Washington Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Chris Thompson 4 105 26.2 0 49
Vernon Davis 3 65 21.7 0 51
Ryan Grant 3 39 13.0 0 18
Jordan Reed 4 37 9.2 0 14
Samaje Perine 3 24 8.0 1 16
Terrelle Pryor Sr. 3 23 7.7 0 12
Jamison Crowder 3 15 5.0 0 8
Mack Brown 1 11 11.0 0 11
Josh Doctson 1 11 11.0 1 11

San Francisco Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Solomon Thomas 7 2 1 5
K'Waun Williams 5 0 0 0
DeForest Buckner 4 1 0 0
Earl Mitchell 4 3 0 0
Jaquiski Tartt 4 2 0 0
Ray-Ray Armstrong 3 5 0 0
Brock Coyle 3 3 0 0
Eli Harold 3 6 0 0
Arik Armstead 2 1 0 0
Dontae Johnson 2 1 0 0
D.J. Jones 2 0 0 0
Jimmie Ward 2 1 0 0
Xavier Cooper 1 2 0 0
Rashard Robinson 1 1 0 0
Ahkello Witherspoon 1 1 0 0
Elvis Dumervil 0 0 0 0
Aaron Lynch 0 1 0 0
Mark Nzeocha 0 0 0 0
Eric Reid 0 1 0 0
Trent Taylor 0 0 0 0

Washington Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Bashaud Breeland 6 0 0 0
Zach Brown 6 2 0 0
Quinton Dunbar 6 2 0 0
Montae Nicholson 4 2 0 0
D.J. Swearinger 3 3 0 0
Stacy McGee 2 2 0 0
Fabian Moreau 2 1 0 0
Matt Ioannidis 1 2 1.5 13
Ryan Kerrigan 1 1 1 11
Preston Smith 1 1 0.5 5
Mason Foster 1 1 0 0
Kendall Fuller 1 0 0 0
Jonathan Allen 0 0 0 0
Chris Carter 0 0 0 0
Kirk Cousins 0 0 0 0
Vernon Davis 0 0 0 0

San Francisco Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Rashard Robinson 1 0 0

Washington Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Kendall Fuller 1 3 0

San Francisco Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Washington Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Fabian Moreau 0.0

San Francisco Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Trent Taylor 1 39 39.0 0 39

Washington Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jamison Crowder 1 6 6.0 0 6

San Francisco Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Robbie Gould 1 2 50.0 52

Washington Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dustin Hopkins 2 2 100.0 48

San Francisco Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bradley Pinion 6 254 49

Washington Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Tress Way 4 181 51