The 6-4 San Francisco 49ers look to right the ship on Monday Night Football in Week 12 as they are off to face 3-7 Washington. The 49ers have lost two straight following a five-game win streak, and need to get back on the winning track to maintain their lead in the wildcard race.
49ers-Washington kicks off at 5:40 p.m. PT, showing up on ESPN in your channel guide. The game is nationally broadcast, so hurray for everyone! Well, everyone with basic cable. As always, if you don't get basic cable, or just want to find more people to watch the game with, check out our sports bar thread.
The 49ers enter this game as a 4 1/2 point favorite. Washington entered the season with playoff expectations, but it has been a bit of a disaster for them. Robert Griffin III, coming off a sensation rookie season that ended with a knee injury, came back quicker than many felt was prudent. He was rusty after not playing in the preseason, and it likely contributed to Washington's slow start. Of course, it hasn't helped that their defense has been fairly brutal.
The 49ers have done well this season against opponents that are clearly inferior. That doesn't help when they're facing teams on their level, or better, but given Washington's struggles, this is a big game for the 49ers. They may not be able to get the offense entirely back on track, but this game presents an opportunity to at least settle the waters a bit. The 49ers still "control their own playoff destiny" (as much as one can "control" destiny), so they just need to handle their business. We'll see if they can actually get back on track.
Here is a rundown of all the pertinent broadcast details, along with the final injury report, officials and more.
Game time: 5:40 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
TV Channel: ESPN
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters
Radio: KGO 810 AM, The Bone 107.7 FM; 49ers Radio Network - Ted Robinson, Eric Davis; Westwood One - Wayne Larrivee, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker; Spanish Radio KTRB 860 - Erwin Higueros, Jesus Zarate
Odds: 49ers favored by 4 1/2 points
Online streaming: NFL Rewind (Not Live); DirecTV Sunday Ticket stream (Live)
Out: WR Quinton Patton (foot), CB Tarell Brown (ribs), G Mike Iupati (knee)
Questionable: TE Garrett Celek (hamstring), DT Ray McDonald (ankle), WR Mario Manningham (knee)
Probable: DT Quinton Dial (ankle), RB Frank Gore (ankle), QB Colin Kaepernick (back), LB Dan Skuta (foot), DT Justin Smith (shoulder),
Last time they played: 49ers won 19-11 (11/6/2011)
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