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49ers vs. Commanders 4th quarter thread: Defense is optional

For both teams

San Francisco 49ers v Washington Commanders Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Washington received the ball to begin the third quarter, but the defense didn’t allow Howell anywhere to throw the ball on third and short, and Clelin Ferrell was credited with a sack.

San Francisco had gains of 10, 11, and 9, to move into Washington territory. On 2nd & 3, Christian McCaffrey had his facemask grabbed to tack on 15 yards to put the ball in the red zone.

Could the 49ers capitalize? At halftime, Kyle Shanahan said he wanted to see more touchdowns. Elijah Mitchell was the running back inside of the 10-yard line, and would score his first touchdown of the season. That made it 20-10, Niners.

An illegal use of hands penalty was called on Nick Bosa. That made it 2nd & 20, but it didn’t matter, as Howell converted a 2nd & 20. Then, Antonio Gibson, after breaking a tackle from Lenoir, gained 15 yards on a screen pass. He ran for 16 yards on the very next play.

For a team down three starting linemen, Washington saw little resistance.