Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Redskins lose their fourth in a row and any playoff dreams are fading as they fall 19-11 to the 49ers at FedEx Field and fall to 3-5 on the season. The game wasn’t really that close and the Redskins got a late touchdown to make it somewhat interesting, but they couldn’t get the ensuing onside kick. San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore had his fifth 100 yard rushing game in a row and kicker David Akers added four field goals in leading the Niners to victory.
Redskins quarterback John Beck had another struggling performance going 30 for 47 for 254 yards, a touchdown and an interception, but the majority of that was done on the Redskins final drive of the game. Beck is still is looking for his first career NFL win in seven career starts. The Redskins offense ended up with 251 yards in the air and 52 yards on the ground. They did have a couple of bright spots though. They were 5 for 12 on third downs, had 17 first downs to the 49ers 15 and only allowed one sack a week after they allowed 10. Trent Williams made his first start in three games and that helped a lot on the line.
“I can pinpoint in my head, I have a few answers to myself right now, but I can’t pinpoint it on one thing,” said Beck on the problems today. “There’s a lot of things I can improve on as a player that I can do better at and that’s my main focus right now.”
Redskins rookie running back Roy Helu had his first career start and ran for 41 yards on 10 carries including a long of 16 yards which is the longest run the 49ers defense has given up this season. John Beck ran four times for nine yards and Ryan Torain had one carry for two yards.
On the receiving end of things, rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had his first career start and ended up with four catches for 34 yards. Running back Roy Helu didn’t do much on the ground, but had 14 receptions, a Redskins franchise record for receptions in a game, for 105 yards. Fred Davis had four catches for 42 yards and Jabar Gaffney had four catches for 40 yards. Terrence Austin ended up with two catches for 14 yards and Darrel Young had one catch for 12 yards. Ryan Torain also did more in the air then on the ground with one catch for seven yards.
“I told our team collectively, we’ve got to get better on offense,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following the loss. “That’s the obvious. For an offense to work you have eleven guys going in the same direction. We’ve got a few different pieces of the puzzle that we’re trying to put together and you could see the end result today.”
The Redskins ended a 95 minute plus game streak between touchdowns when John Beck found Jabar Gaffney in the endzone with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was also their first touchdown in their last 25 possessions. Besides rookies Roy Helu and Leonard Hankerson getting their first career starts, rookie guard Maurice Hurt also had his first NFL start.
On the defensive end of things, the Redskins defense held the Niners to 138 rushing yards, 188 passing yards and 3 for 12 on third downs. DeAngelo Hall led all Redskins with 12 tackles, London Fletcher and Reed Doughty both had 10. LaRon Landry ended up with eight while Ryan Kerrigan had six and Brian Orakpo and Josh Wilson each had five. Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo each had a sack in the loss.
“I thought defensively we did some good things,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following the game. “[Defensively] we played well enough to win.”
Kicker Graham Gano was one for one on field goals and kicked the longest field goal in Redskins history when he nailed a 59 yarder right down the middle with seconds remaining in the first half. Punt and kick returner Brandon Banks had two muffs, but recovered both of them. Punter Sav Rocca continued his pro bowl caliber season with a 54 yarder and knocking one within the 20.
The Redskins head to Miami next week to play the Dolphins to try and snap their four game losing streak. The Dolphins won their first game of the season today when they beat Kansas City 31-3 on the road.
Listen here to what Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan had to say about the loss, the quarterback play, who his starting quarterback is next week and much more right here.
Mike Shanahan Press Conference
Also listen to what London Fletcher, LaRon Landry, Roy Helu, Fred Davis, Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Barry Cofield, Leonard Hankerson, Trent Williams, Jabar Gaffney, Jammal Brown, Lorenzo Alexander, Terrence Austin & Maurice Hurt had to say following the loss.
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
LaRon Landry Postgame Audio
Roy Helu Postgame Audio
Fred Davis Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
Ryan Kerrigan Postgame Audio
Barry Cofield Postgame Audio
Leonard Hankerson Postgame Audio
Trent Williams Postgame Audio
Jabar Gaffney Postgame Audio
Jammal Brown Postgame Audio
Lorenzo Alexander Postgame Audio
Terrence Austin Postgame Audio
Maurice Hurt Postgame Audio