The 49ers got off to a slow start today, but picked up steam in the latter half of the second quarter. After taking a 6-0 lead on a David Akers field goal with 1:55 left in the quarter, the 49ers opportunistic defense continued to build on their turnover ratio. Patrick Willis popped the ball out from running back Roy Helu and Donte Whitner picked it up to get the 49ers into Redskins territory at the 30-yard line.
On the first play following the fumble recovery, Alex Smith connected with Bruce Miller on a wheel route that turned into a 30-yard touchdown. The touchdown was the first of Bruce Miller's career, and more importantly, gave the 49ers a 13-0 lead late in the half. The Redskins would add a 59-yard field goal to cut the lead to 13-3, but the 49ers get the ball to start the second half.
It has not been a pretty offensive effort for the 49ers, although the rushing attack seems to be in gear once again. The 49ers running backs have combined for 90 yards on only 13 carries. Alex Smith is 7/12 for 88 yards and the TD pass. The teams have exchanged a whole host of punts, but hopefully the 49ers can get in gear in the second half.
The 49ers defense got off to a bit of a slow start as Roy Helu broke a 16-yard run and a 10-yard run. But other than that he has mostly been held in check. He has 40 yards heading into halftime as the 49ers look for their 30th consecutive game holding an opposing rusher under 100 yards. As long as the 49ers get the victory, the rest is what it is.
Head after the jump to view video of Bruce MIller's touchdown catch. It is a sweet little wheel route and the Redskins completely lost Miller in coverage.