Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Redskins hold on against Niners

Kyle Fuller and the secondary celebrate after a drive stoppinng interception     Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports

LANDOVER, Md.-  After jumping out to a 17-0 lead the Washington Redskins needed a defensive stand and an interception on 4th down by Kyle Fuller to hold off a fierce charge by San Francisco.

“We know the depth that we have in this secondary. Everybody can come out there, everybody can make plays and everybody is smart," Fuller said."That’s just how we have to do it as a group.”

Cousins turned in another solid performance for the Redskins        Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Quarterback Kirk Cousins turned in another solid performance completing 25 of 37 passes for 330 yards and 2 touchdowns for a rating of 102.3. Cousins also threw one pick.

"I think we did a good job as an offense," Cousins said, "I think we moved the football. There were a lot of good decisisions, a lot of good plays made, a lot of third-down conversions in big moments, a lot of crucial drives where we had to churn the clock and come away with points."

The 49er's made a quarterback change from Brian Hoyer to C.J. Beathard and started moving the ball against the Redskins. San Francisco (0-6) got their first score just before the half and came out scoring 10 in the third quarter to get back in the game. 

Chris Thompson led the Skins in both rushing and receiving           Moe Murphy / Clarke County Sports
Washington (3-2) was held to 94 yards rushing, with Chris Thompson leading the way with 33 yards on 16 carries. Cousins added 26 on 4 carries including some crucial first down runs.

Thompson led all recievers with 105 yards on 4 receptions. Josh Doctson and Samage Perine each found the endzone once at the end of a Cousins touchdown pass.

The Redskins defense held the Niners to 85 yards rushing, and the two quarterbacks combined for 279 yards passing.

" You start to feel better about your team when you’re not as happy after a win as you normally should be, but you have to understand that this is a great competitive sport, the National Football League," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "You can see we’re starting to turn a corner a little bit when you’re not quite as ecstatic as you normally would be after a win. I think there are a lot of things we can correct, clean up obviously, but I’m impressed. Any time you get a victory on a Sunday afternoon at home, it’s special. I know we can play a lot better.”


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