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Thanks to the help of David Akers and Alex Smith, the San Francisco 49ers were able to beat the Washington Redskins 19-11 on Sunday. Neither team was able to score in the first quarter; however, the 49ers were able to get on the scoreboard with two field goal kicks off the boot of Akers. One of the field goals was kicked 52 yards.
With a minute left in the second quarter, Smith threw a 30-yard pass to Bruce Miller to give the 49ers a 13-0 lead. The Redskins were able to get on the scoreboard before the end of the half with a 59-yard field goal kick from Graham Gano. Akers was able to put another 45-yard field goal through the uprights in the third quarter, increasing the lead to 16-3.
Akers struck for the last time halfway through the fourth quarter with a 20-yard field goal, bringing his total contribution in the game to 13 points. The Redskins had the last say in the game, with a 9-yard pass from John Beck to Jabar Gaffney. Beck was also able to get the two-point conversion with a pass to Leonard Hankerson, leaving the Redskins eight points shy of bringing the game into overtime.
According to Fox Sports, the 49ers have their longest winning streak since 1997 and are 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1992. ”We have to do something to keep that confidence up,” Gaffney said in an interview with Fox Sports. ”And stop playing like we’re seeing ghosts out there.” The Redskins have lost their last four games.
The San Francisco 49ers (7-1) head back home to face the New York Giants next Sunday, while the Washington Redskins (3-5) travel to Florida to face the Miami Dolphins.
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