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NFL Week 7 PFF ReFocused: San Francisco 49ers 9, Washington Redskins 0

The weather played a huge role in the Week 7 matchup in Landover, with the undefeated 49ers eventually toppling the Redskins in an ugly 9-0 ball game.

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Final Score

San Francisco 49ers 9, Washington Redskins 0

San Francisco 49ers

All three of the 49ers' field goals in the second half were the result of clutch plays in the passing game. A 40-yard catch and run by Richie James Jr. on a seam route set up the first field goal midway through the third quarter. Kendrick Bourne set up the second field goal with a 26-yard catch on a throw-back route early in the fourth. On the final drive, George Kittle‘s 16-yard reception on third down set the 49ers up for their 9-0 scoreline.

Rushing lanes were tough to find early on, but eventually, the 49ers gained some momentum in the mud. Running backs Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida utilized a lot of cutbacks on their outside zone runs, which led to big chunks gained on the ground.

The 49ers didn't get a lot of opportunities to rush the passer in this one due to the weather and game script. However, the last play of the game was sealed by a Nick Bosa sack when the rookie edge rusher beat left tackle Donald Penn.

Kwon Alexander continued his playmaking ways this season when he forced an Adrian Peterson fumble in the second half. However, he did miss a couple of tackles in run defense. On the other hand, Ronald Blair III was effective in run defense, making a few stops on his limited opportunities.

Washington Redskins

Given the poor weather conditions, the Redskins stayed committed to the run for the majority of the game. Adrian Peterson ran well and churned out positive yards, but he also had a costly fumble in the second half, which led to a field goal that ended up putting the game out of reach.

Case Keenum didn't throw much, but when he did, it was apparent the weather had an effect on his ability to throw with accuracy and velocity, as he missed easy throws you don't usually see under normal conditions.

Montez Sweat was a tough assignment for the 49ers' offensive line. The rookie edge defender was disruptive in the run game, as he often found ways to clog the run lanes and set the edge.

The Redskins struggled to apply much pressure to Jimmy Garoppolo. He operated from a clean pocket on most of his throws, as the 49ers' constant use of play-action continually slowed down Washington's pass-rush.

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