49ers 19

(7-1, 4-0 away)

Redskins 11

(3-5, 2-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 6, 2011

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 0 13 3 319
WSH 0 3 0 811

Top Performers

Passing: J. Beck (WSH) - 254 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Gore (SF) - 19 CAR, 107 YDS

Receiving: R. Helu (WSH) - 14 REC, 105 YDS

49ers force three Redskins turnovers to win sixth straight

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- After his fifth straight 100-yard game, a San Francisco 49ers franchise record, Frank Gore donned a dark green military-style jacket, green cargo pants and designer jewel-encrusted dog tags.

"They were a pretty tough defense, so I told myself I'm going to wear this -- because I felt I was going to come out hunting on Sunday," Gore said. "It's my hunting outfit."

Gore had 107 yards on 19 yards in San Francisco's 19-11 win Sunday over the Washington Redskins.

The 49ers' sixth straight win leaves intact their commanding lead in the NFC West.

"It was a tough 100. It was a consummate team 100," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Not running out of bounds, getting every yard he could get."

Alex Smith found rookie fullback Bruce Miller for the seventh-round draft pick's first career touchdown, and David Akers kicked four field goals for the 49ers (7-1). San Francisco's points-stingy defense forced three turnovers and didn't allow a touchdown until the final minutes.

The 49ers have their longest winning streak since 1997 and are 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1992 -- with all four coming on those 1 p.m. Eastern time zone kickoffs which are supposed to drag down West Coast teams.

The club arrived in the Washington area on Friday and spent the extra day watching the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

The fact that Gore picked out a military getup for the game was coincidence, but the players said the outing was another example of team bonding for a franchise trying to end an eight-year stretch without a playoff berth.

It's a chemistry especially felt by ex-Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers, who watched several fast starts flame out during his six seasons in Washington and has some bragging rights after his victorious return to the nation's capital.

"Different team, different organization," said Rogers, part of a defensive effort that allowed only 187 yards through the first three quarters.

"It's different from the top down. That's all I can tell by. Once you've got that, everybody together collected as a team, it's not about this head coach's way and there's no way. It's not about this owner's way or no way. It's not about the star players on our team trying to get their way."

The fourth straight loss by Rogers' former team was another episode in offensive futility.

After being shut out by Buffalo the previous week, Washington (3-5) got its only points on Graham Gano's franchise-record 59-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and a touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney with 1:10 remaining.

"Right now, you take a look at the offense, it's tough to take," coach Mike Shanahan said. "Tough to take for me."

Shanahan tried to shake things up by giving debut starts to three rookies -- running back Roy Helu, receiver Leonard Hankerson and left guard Maurice Hurt -- and he made numerous references to the injuries that have forced constant shuffling of the lineup.

John Beck -- now 0-7 as an NFL starter -- will remain the quarterback despite another game in which he regularly failed to spot open receivers. Beck completed 30 of 47 passes for 254 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but 116 yards came in the fourth quarter during desperation catch-up time.

An indication of the Redskins' struggles: their leading receiver was Helu, who caught a franchise-record 14 passes for 105 yards coming out of the backfield.

San Francisco's defense, tops in the league against the run entering the weekend, gave up just 52 yards on the ground. The 49ers haven't allowed a touchdown rushing this season.

"Sometimes it looks like it's all the quarterback, and that's understandable," Shanahan said. "When you lose a few pieces of the puzzle, the quarterback is going to look pretty average when we're playing pretty average as a group."

By contrast, Smith managed the game efficiently, hitting 17 of 24 passes for 200 yards.

Turnovers led to 10 of the 49ers' points. Dashon Goldson's interception near midfield set up a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter by Akers, who has made all four attempts from 50-plus yards this season.

Then, after another field goal by Akers, Helu caught a pass and was stripped by linebacker Patrick Willis. Donte Whitner recovered, and Smith hit Miller for a 30-yard score on the next play to give the 49ers a 13-0 lead late in the first half.

The Redskins found all sorts of ways to kill drives, including a 15-yard personal foul penalty for a late hit by left tackle Trent Williams that negated a third-down conversion into 49ers territory in the second quarter.

"We have to do something to keep that confidence up," Gaffney said. "And stop playing like we're seeing ghosts out there."

Game notes

The 49ers haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 30 consecutive games. ... Gano's 59-yard kick topped Steve Cox's 57-yarder kick in 1986 as the Redskins' longest. ... Redskins injuries: RT Jammal Brown (hip), WR Niles Paul (toe) and DL Kedric Golston (elbow). Harbaugh said there were no significant 49ers injuries.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1517
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5863
Total Yards326303
Yards per play5.64.8
Total Drives1213
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-21-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

sfFG12:48David Akers 52 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 22 yds, 2:42
sfFG1:55David Akers 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 39 yds, 2:23
sfTD1:09Bruce Miller 30 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (David Akers Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 5 yds, 0:00
wshFG0:03Graham Gano 59 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 32 yds, 1:03
sfFG4:29David Akers 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 35 yds, 4:48
sfFG7:45David Akers 20 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yds, 6:30
wshTD1:15Jabar Gaffney 9 Yard Pass From John Beck (John Beck Pass to Leonard Hankerson For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 72 yds, 2:56

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: John Beck averaged only 4.8 air yards per attempt Sunday. Entering the game, Beck averaged 10.2 air yards per attempt, fifth-highest average in the league this season among quarterbacks with a minimum of 50 pass attempts. Additionally, Beck threw 31 of 47 (66 percent) passes within five yards of the line of scrimmage Sunday.
NEXT LEVEL: John Beck targeted Roy Helu on 18 pass attempts Sunday. No other running back has been targeted more than 14 times in a single game over the past four seasons.
NEXT LEVEL: While Frank Gore only faced seven or fewer defenders in the box on seven of his 19 rushes, he capitalized with 64 of his game-high 107 rushing yards in those situations. Gore entered the game tied for sixth in the NFL with 5.7 yards per rush facing seven or fewer box defenders.
Graham Gano's 59-yd FG is the longest FG in Redskins history. Previous long was 57 yards by Steve Cox vs Seahawks on 9/28/86.

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