49ers News: 4 Winners, 2 Losers in 49ers Emphatic Win Over Commanders

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The 49ers extended their winning streak to eight games, matching their longest since 2019, with a 37-20 victory over the Washington Commanders. The eight-game winning streak is the fourth longest in franchise history, tied with streaks from 1992, 2011 and 2019.

It was another big day for the defense, especially for Nick Bosa, who often comes out on top.

Winner: DE Nick Bosa

With his performance on two sacks against the Commanders, Bosa set a new career high with 17.5 sacks. If we want to get technical, Bosa should be sitting at 18.5, but his Carson Wentz two-point conversion attempt doesn’t count because the NFL says so.

His biggest play of the game was his strip sack of Taylor Heinicke in the fourth quarter, with the 49ers up just 10. Bosa came around the rim and managed to knock the ball out of Heinicke’s hand, bouncing it straight into Jordan’s hands. Willis, setting up the 49ers’ offense inside Washington’s 15-yard line.

Bosa is now just five sacks short of Michael Strahan’s record with just two games left, which might be a bit of an exaggeration. But then again, if there’s a pass rusher that could make a run like this, it would be Bosa.

Winner: TE George Kittle

We could almost take Kittle’s winning section of last week’s winners and losers against Seattle and apply it here. Another massive game by the 49ers tight end with 120 receiving yards on six receptions with another pair of touchdowns.

After only having one multi-touchdown game in his first five seasons, Kittle has three this season, with two in his last two games. His 120 yards is also his first 100-yard game since he rushed for 151 yards against the Bengals last December.

Winner: 17-play drives that result in zero points

The 49ers defense played another solid game, despite allowing the most points since allowing the Chiefs 44 points. However, Saturday’s most impressive feat may have come in the Commanders’ longest campaign in the game.

It was still early for a 0-0 tie with 5:20 left in the first quarter, as the Commanders started their third drive of the game after three and three in a row. Washington slowly moved the ball downfield, converting two-thirds and longs, and found himself inside the 49ers’ five-yard line.

A four-yard run by Brian Robinson on second and goal brought Washington within one, but the 49ers defense held off a third-down run by Robinson, and a fourth-down run by Antonio Gibson held it to a 17-play, 84-yard drive. unit that took 10:48 off the clock to zero points.

Winner: Ray-Ray McCloud

So how did the attack respond to the parade? Only with the highest scoring game of the season. Kyle Shanahan took a page from Deebo Samuel’s playbook and used Ray-Ray McCloud to get the same results on Saturday. The offense was able to gain some space off the goal line and converted a third and 9 with Brock Purdy’s 15-yard completion to Jauan Jennings.

McCloud caught the second down carry on the go and was able to find the hole that was opened up by Spencer Burford, Mike McGlinchey and George Kittle and got out of there. The 71-yard rush was the longest play of his career and nearly doubled his career rushing yardage total as he entered Saturday with 91 career rushing yards.

Loser: That Jauan Jennings fell

Jennings’ second-quarter slump, which resulted in Purdy’s first interception as a starter, had a chance to truly change the game on Saturday. The 49ers had a chance to score before the end of the first half, forcing a Commanders punt with about three minutes left.

Purdy hit Jennings with a low but recoverable ball, but Jennings was unable to lift it, but tried to catch the ball on the opening deflection. On his second attempt to catch the ball, Jennings deflected the ball through the air into the hands of Darrick Forrest. The Commanders’ offense responded with a touchdown to tie the game going into halftime.

It turned out not to be too big of a mistake by Jennings, with the 49ers winning by several scores, but the slumps are slowly becoming a concern.

Loser: The 49ers’ red zone offense

Saturday’s score could have been more one-sided if the 49ers had taken advantage of the countless chances the Commanders gave them in the second half. The 49ers’ offense had four straight second half drives ending in the red zone, resulting in three field goals and a touchdown.

The drives ended at 8, 5, 17, and 1 for Washington, with the last one resulting in a Christian McCaffrey touchdown. At the same time, the 49ers managed to extend their lead from 21-14 to 30-14 with the three field goals, leaving many points on the scoreboard.

Like Jennings’ slump, it didn’t hurt the 49ers on Saturday, but they are in the bottom 10 in the red zone, scoring a touchdown on 51 percent of their opportunities.