Instant Reaction: 49ers Scrape By Washington, Escape With 17-13 Win

They sure didn't make it easy for themselves, but the 49ers scraped by Washington at home to move to 7-4 on the 2014 season. Washington QB Robert Griffin III has spent the last several weeks at the center of a media firestorm, but he and his team managed to play better than they have in recent weeks despite the loss.

Turning Point:

This one wasn't sealed until the final two minutes, when Robert Griffin III fumbled the ball on third down as the Redskins tried to mount a game-winning drive. The 49ers ran out the clock from there.

49ers MVP:

Anquan Boldin gets the nod today after putting together his best game of the season - Boldin finished with 9 receptions for a season-high 137 yards and a touchdown. Linebacker Chris Borland also gets some recognition for the second straight week, and he's playing so well lately that the coaches might have no choice but to make him a permanent starter. Borland had 8 tackles (6 solo), with two coming behind the line of scrimmage for losses.

Washington MVP:

Alfred Morris had another solid game today, and he's been reliably productive this year for a team with very, very few offensive players they can rely on. Morris picked up 125 yards and a TD on 21 carries.

Stat of the Day:

San Francisco won this game despite the running game looking absolutely lost. Frank Gore, Colin Kaepernick and Carlos Hyde combined to gain just 66 yards on 29 carries, and no player averaged more than 2.8 yards per attempt. That might be enough against Washington, but it won't cut it against the league's best.

What's Next?

Washington's road trip continues as they take on the Colts in Indianapolis next weekend, and the 49ers will host the Seahawks on Thursday night as part of the NFL's Thanksgiving schedule.

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