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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Preston Smith (94) and defensive tackle Matthew Ioannidis (98) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

SNYDER: Washington is doing what good teams do

Arguably the least-attractive home date before the season began, the 49ers' 0-5 record only added to the blase feelings. San Francisco should've been a gimme. But in actuality, this was a big game, as big as they come. It would've been even bigger if Washington didn't hold on for a 26-24 victory.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) carries the ball toward the end zone a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers defensive end Solomon Thomas (94) looks on during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Sunday's game adds to Shanahan's case for Cousins

Here's Kyle Shanahan's case for Kirk Cousins to come play for him next season: "Kirk, I nearly just beat your heavily favored team on the road with a kid fresh out of college who had barely stepped on an NFL football field. Imagine what the two of us can do together."