49ers vs. Redskins: Live Grades and Analysis for San Francisco

Phil G@FuturePhilGCorrespondent INovember 25, 2013

Nov 25, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers go into enemy territory and defeat the Washington Redskins, 27-6. After a close score at halftime, the 49ers absolutely dominated the second half, snapping their two-game losing streak.

The San Francisco 49ers (7-4) will face the St. Louis Rams (5-6) at Candlestick Park in Week 13.

Check below for final grades and analysis.



San Francisco 49ers- 27

Washington Redskins- 6

San Francisco 49ers Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseB-B+
Run OffenseCD
Pass DefenseB+A+
Run DefenseB+A
Special TeamsB+B+
vs. Redskins Week 12

Game Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: Colin Kaepernick threw for 235 yards on 15-of-24 passing and three touchdowns. This is Kaepernick’s first game over 200 yards passing since Week 6. More importantly, Kaepernick was turnover-free in the victory.

Run Offense: With Kaepernick playing well, the 49ers didn’t need a huge game from Frank Gore. Despite Gore’s measly 13 attempts, the 49ers still secured a victory. Before Monday night’s game, the 49ers were 0-4 when Gore received less than 17 attempts.

Pass Defense: The game ball should be given to this 49ers secondary. This 49ers defense held Robert Griffin III to just 127 yards on 17-of-27 passing and a interception. Tramaine Brock was excellent in his first start after receiving a nice pay raise.

Run Defense: This 49ers front seven dominated at every turn Monday night. With starter Ray McDonald out, the 49ers didn’t miss a beat. RGIII looked uncomfortable and frustrated, while Alfred Morris was held in check.

Special Teams: LaMichael James sure proved me wrong. His big-play ability gave the 49ers premier field position several times in this game despite the awful turf.

Coaching: Frank Gore was still somewhat underutilized, though credit should be given to this Redskins front seven. On a positive note, the 49ers play-calling did improve in the second half.

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 25:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the San Francisco 49ers goes up for a catch against cornerback Josh Wilson #26 of the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Phot
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First-Half Analysis for the San Francisco 49ers

Pass Offense: Despite a rough start to this game, Colin Kaepernick and this 49ers passing attack finally found a little rhythm. After only cracking 200 yards passing in two games all season, Kaepernick already has 118 yards through the air.

Run Offense: Frank Gore was largely quiet in the first half, as the Redskins defense focused much of its attention on stopping the Pro Bowl running back. The 49ers did sprinkle in a few read-option plays, but Kaepernick was never a threat on the ground.

Pass Defense: Credit this 49ers secondary for holding RGIII to a pathetic negative six yards passing in the first quarter. Griffin was far better in the second quarter, but for the most part, this Redskins passing offense has fluttered in the first half.

Run Defense: The 49ers front seven absolutely played a solid first half, especially in the opening quarter. However, Redskins running back Alfred Morris did find some holes in the second quarter, which led to two successful field goals.

Special Teams: With this turf in FedEx Field, I highly doubt we see any big plays on returns and punts. Punter Andy Lee was solid as usual, and kicker Phil Dawson made his only field-goal attempt in the first half.

Coaching: Play-calling on offense is still an issue for this 49ers coaching staff, but no one can argue with Kaepernick’s first-half stat line: 6-of-10 passing for 118 yards and a touchdown. Gore finished the first half with only six rushing attempts.