There’s a reason why they call him “The Hawk.” It seems a game can’t go by without
Goldson was hardly the only safety getting into the action at the nation’s capital, as
“We needed those plays,” Whitner said. “They were driving. Any time you can get a turnover to put the offense in position to score is big.”
Despite their impressive performance, Whitner and the 49ers left Washington with much to be desired.
“I just wish
No worries, as the 49ers would be romping in the end zone on the next play. Following Whitner’s fumble recovery, the result of a jarring blow by
It was all the offense they would need.
The Redskins would score a field goal to close out the first half and add a last-minute touchdown, but it was too little, too late. The way the 49ers were flying all over the field, quarterback John Beck and the Redskins offense didn’t have much of a chance.
“Consummate team guys the way they’re playing,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said of his defense. “They’re not looking for the statistics and the tackles, the interceptions, the sacks. … They’re doing the unselfish little things.”
The 49ers created three turnovers on the day, including Goldson’s diving interception, which set up a 52-yard field goal from
The turnover margin received some padding on Sunday, thanks in large part to Willis. There’s a reason why he’s been named to four straight Pro Bowls.
Willis was a one-man wrecking crew against the Redskins, racking up a game-high 13 tackles and forcing two fumbles. His second forced fumble came in the fourth quarter and was recovered by his partner in crime,
While some are anointing Willis and Bowman as the NFL’s best tandem of inside linebackers, they’re not buying the hype just yet.
“We still got a lot of work to do,” Bowman said. “Me and Pat aren’t guys who are going to get complacent. … We have a lot of success going right now, but once you pride yourself on that success you slip and forget to do the things that got you there. We don’t want to do that.”
Even without starting defensive tackle
Washington rookie running back Roy Helu rattled off a 16-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, but it was biggest ground gain the Redskins would have all day. The 49ers haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 30 games, and are still yet to give up a rushing touchdown all year. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s unit also leads the NFL in allowing just 14.8 points per game.
With the victory, the 49ers moved to 4-0 on the road, with all four contests taking place in the Eastern time zone.
“We feel like we can play with pretty much anybody,” Bowman said. “We have to prove that when we come out here on the East Coast and I think we did that today.”
Notes and Quotes
Following a stellar October which featured four straight performances of at least 125 yards and a touchdown,
“I’m just focused on winning right now,” Gore said. “It’s a blessing. I’m very happy to be in this situation to be 7-1. I still think as an offense we didn’t hit our stride where we can go, but that’s a great threat for us.”
Gore even shared the backfield with a pair of rookies for a couple of plays in Sunday’s game, joining Miller and rookie running back
Miller, who was a defensive end in college, notched his first career NFL touchdown, but said he lost the ball after celebrating with his teammates.
“I got the first one out of the way,” Miller said. “Hopefully there’s more to come.”
Akers went a perfect 4-of-4 on the afternoon to move his season mark to 19-of-21. Akers has made all four of his attempts from 50 or more yards, becoming the first 49ers kicker to achieve the feat.