If the NFL playoffs started prior to the San Francisco 49ers’ Monday Night Football game at the Washington Redskins, the Bay Area team is left out of the party.
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But the 49ers (7-4) became offensive — something fans are used to seeing since Joe Montana was drafted in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft — and posted a 27-6 win over the Redskins that puts them as the NFC’s fifth seed.
Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick flexed his throwing arm to throw touchdown passes to receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis in the second half.
In recent weeks, Kaepernick, a former Turlock resident along with yours truly, has been under pressure to match or exceed last year’s performance that led to Super Bowl XLVII and a five-game winning streak earlier this season.
But El Dorado County 49er fans must remember that every good professional sports team goes through a rough stretch. Last year’s Baltimore Ravens is a good example.
People know what running back Frank Gore can do. But every team needs deep threats to catch balls while running a post or slant patterns, or coming out of the jumbo formation to catch a bubble screen.
Of course, behind every good football team is defense. Linebackers Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis and company shined against a Redskins offense led by quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has recovered nicely from his injury but was sacked four times.
Monday night, In front of a national TV audience, the 49ers dished out their fair share of black and blue marks on RGIII and the Redskins.
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