San Francisco 49ers vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Video and Analysis

Patrick HightowerContributor INovember 6, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Frank Gore #21 breaks away for a twenty nine yard gain against the Cleveland Browns at Candlestick Park on October 30, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins, believe it or not, actually have a few things in common.

Both teams have lost only once at home. Both teams have made it clear that having a physical, aggressive, top-of-the-line defense is a top priority. Both teams are very cautious with their quarterbacks. Finally, both teams have head coaches who have built winning and successful football teams and programs.

However, in today’s game with the Washington Redskins (3-4) playing at home against the San Francisco 49ers (6-1), something has to give. The 49ers will do their best to earn yet another victory on the road. The Redskins will certainly be aggressive defensively and do their best to avoid a four-game losing streak.  

A win for the 49ers puts them one step closer to an NFC West championship and a playoff position. A win for the Redskins could possibly put them one game closer to the NFC East division leaders, the New York Giants.  

One could argue that this game is a “trap game” for the 49ers.  After all, if the 49ers happen to lose, they still have a significant lead in the NFC West division.  Perhaps the 49ers may step into this game a little half-heartedly.

Under the Jim Harbaugh era of the San Francisco 49ers, I find it hard to believe that the 49ers will “overlook” any team in the NFL. It is that type of mentality that helped the 49ers defeat the Cleveland Browns last week by two touchdowns.

I find it even harder to believe that the 49ers will overlook the Washington Redskins (whose defense is much-improved and incredibly stingy), and have their minds on next week’s game against the New York Giants.  

With the NFC East playoff picture becoming incredibly crowded through the first half of the season, the Redskins will need to make the 49ers turn the ball over multiple times in order to come away with a home victory.

The game starts at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.