It is apparently wash, rinse, repeat for the 2014 San Francisco 49ers. Once again, the team overcome extensive inconsistency from the offense to defeat Washington 17-13, improving to 7-4. The 49ers could not get much going on offense for most of the game, while the defense had another strong game. Fortunately, this time the offense came up with just enough to get the job done.
This really has become the story of the season. The offense stumbles along, and the defense is strong or dominant. In wins, the offense does just not enough to get the lead. In losses, the offense comes up well short and we see frustration. Sunday's win over Washington saw just enough from the offense, with Anquan Boldin carrying the day amidst other wide receiver and tight end drops and confusing decisions. Boldin finished with 9 receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown. He had a big touchdown catch, but the "highlight reel" play was taking a big hit from Ryan Clark that drew a personal foul and helped set up Carlos Hyde's go-ahead touchdown.
The offense was a disaster for most of the game, but the defense handled its business. They secured four sacks of Robert Griffin III, and should have had a fifth if not for a bizarre personal foul against Aaron Lynch. Alfred Morris had a big game, rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown, but Washington could not get their passing game going, and the 49ers got the W.
The 49ers have a short week now, as they host the Seattle Seahawks on Thanksgiving. The Seahawks and 49ers both gained a game on the Arizona Cardinals following Seattle's win this afternoon. They are both two games back with Arizona headed to Atlanta. Thanksgiving at Levi's Stadium will be kind of a big deal.