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49ers slip ‘n slide their way to their sixth win of the season

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October 21, 2019 - 1:52 pm
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By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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If you like sitting in the rain for hours watching football players slip, trip, fall and get muddy while spending most of their time between the 20-yard lines, then the game on Sunday between the 49ers and Washington in Landover, Maryland was perfect for you. For Niners fans, the best part of the game was the final score – San Francisco 9, Washington 0.

The 49ers are now 6-0 for the first time since 1990 and for the third time in the history of the franchise. The last time the Niners shutout a team was in September 2016 when they kept the Rams from scoring any points.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan on how the weather effected the game: “A lot, I mean both teams. Just with the footing and everything how rainy it was. It is not just going and catching, but it is tough to stand up and block people too. I know everyone outside the field always is, just the way it was raining from last night made it a tough game for both sides.”

The game ball goes the 49ers defense

The 49ers held the Washington offense to just 154 net yards of total offense. Washington ran the ball 26 times for 104 yards. Adrian Peterson was their leading rusher with 20 carries good for 81 yards. Peterson also fumbled once.

Washington quarterback Case Keenum had to battle the weather and a 49er defense that put pressure on him all game long. The rookie QB attempted only 12 passes and completed just nine for a total of 77 yards. The Niners defense sacked Keenum three times for a total of 27 yards in losses.

Rookie Nick Bosa had another monster game with five solo tackles, one sack, two tackle assists and four tackles for loss. Bosa continues to make himself worthy of being a number one draft pick.

Kwon Alexander recorded four solo tackles and one assisted tackle. He also forced one fumble.

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Arik Armstead made two tackles, one assisted tackle and one sack that resulted in a nine-yard loss.

Kyle Shanahan on his trust in his defense once they were in the lead: “It definitely puts you at ease, especially knowing how that game was going to be. You know both teams are going to have to run in and both teams are going to eventually try for a big shot, so you know you have to commit to the run, just hold on when they take their shot and we’re going to keep them from getting those big plays.”

The 49ers ran the ball again on Sunday

The foul weather required the Niners to run the ball for safe keeping. They rushed the ball 39 times for a total of 137 yards. Tevin Coleman did most of the groundwork carrying the ball 20 times gaining 62 yards.

Matt Breida ran the ball eight times for 35 yards. Breida left the game and appeared to be evaluated for a possible concussion. Breida was cleared of any injury and returned to the sideline.

The passing game

Jimmy Garoppolo was more active in the second half than in the first 30-minutes. He finished completing 12 of 21 passes for 151 yards. The Washington defense did sack Garoppolo twice for a total loss of five yards.

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It will come as no surprise that George Kittle was the favorite target for Garoppolo. Kittle was targeted five times and made three catches for 38 yards.

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne was a surprise favorite target for the San Francisco QB. Bourne was targeted four times and made three receptions good for 69 yards.

Marquise Goodwin was injured and was a non-factor in the contest.

Jimmy Garoppolo on the toughest part about playing in these conditions: “I think everything. You have to take it into account, but you can’t let it get in your head, I guess. Just a ‘mind over matter’ type of thing. I thought we did good out there though – only a couple penalties and took care of the ball fairly well. It was a good day.”

It was all about the “toe” of Robbie Gould

All the 49ers points came off the toe of kicker Robbie Gould. Gould connected on 3 of 4 field goals to give his team their 9-0 win. He hit field goals of 28 yards, 22 yards and 29 yards.

Robbie Gould on challenges with kicking in bad conditions: “It’s more [about> the conditions on the field than anything. I had to go back to a game I kicked in Chicago against Baltimore, we had a tornado and it rained pretty hard and had sloppy field conditions like today. So, making sure I have good footing and then I thought [LS> Garrison [Sanborn> and [P> Mitch [Wishnowsky> did a great job of operating today and the guys did a great job. I think the offense did a great job of getting it in the second half to be pretty manageable field goals and the defense did a great job of stopping them all day.”

Up next

The 49ers return home to Levi’s Stadium next Sunday to host the 4-2 Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have a high-powered offense that will test the Niners defense. It should be a game worth watching.

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