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Topic - Colin Kaepernick
It was the kind of a game deserving of the burgeoning rivalry, a chippy affair very much in doubt until Frank Gore ripped off a run that saved some self-respect if not the season for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Redskins' defense made a big play early in the second half but hope for a comeback quickly faded for the team.
There was nowhere for Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson to hide. Assigned for much of the night to cover San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who has four inches and 30 pounds on him, Wilson was beaten on consecutive plays in the first quarter, the second a 19-yard touchdown pass to Boldin. Early in the second quarter, tight end Vernon Davis also beat Wilson for a 40-yard catch. That play led to a field goal and a 10-0 lead for the 49ers. They were well on the way to an easy 27-6 victory over Washington at FedEx Field.
When a team gets throttled like the Redskins did at the hands of the 49ers, the entire organization needs to answer questions.
The Redskins could not compete in any facet with the 49ers, and in turn the team must officially consider 2013 a lost season.
Although the matchup isn't quite what everyone expected it to be seven months ago, there's still a lot at stake for both the 49ers and Redskins.
On top of their games last season, their first as starting quarterbacks, a variety of circumstances have conspired to test each player's aspirations over the past several months. Those issues have fueled in-depth examinations of their performance in a season in which it seemed certain they would ascend to superstardom.
Robert Griffin III has been the better fantasy QB this season, but does the Redskins defense make Colin Kaepernick the call for Week 12?
San Francisco averaged 34.8 points per game during a five-game winning streak that lasted into its Nov. 3 bye week. Since returning from the time off, however, the 49ers have encountered a glaring inability to get into the end zone, losing first to the Carolina Panthers, 10-9, on Nov. 10 before falling, 23-20, on the road to the New Orleans Saints this past Sunday.
Both young QBs Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III emerged last season with a blast of success. This season, little has come easy.
San Francisco comes into Monday night's matchup with the Redskins struggling a bit offensively, but that doesn't mean the 49ers are without talent.
The fantasy football playoffs are getting close _ time to keep an extra eye out for maneuvers that seem wacky and unexpected opportunities.
3 and Out: He might not have been as dominant as he was last season, but Colin Kaepernick is still a threat for the 49ers when they face Washington.
The Denver Broncos stamped themselves as the AFC's top team by ending Kansas City's perfect run.
"We have a lot on our plate, as far as what we're trying to get done," Kaepernick said.
"I don't worry about that," Kaepernick said tersely earlier this week, answering a question on a conference call with several Washington-based reporters about how he deals with criticism. "I worry about coming in here, working and getting ready for the game."