San Francisco 49ers

Report card: 49ers wake up, but it’s not enough to defeat Redskins

San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (25) is knocked out of bound just shy of the goal line by Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins after Ward recovered a fumble Sunday in Landover, Md.
San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward (25) is knocked out of bound just shy of the goal line by Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins after Ward recovered a fumble Sunday in Landover, Md. The Associated Press

Offense: Quarterback C.J. Beathard’s second-quarter entrance woke up not just the snoozing offense but the entire team. Beathard made rookie-like mistakes but seems to have the guts and aggressiveness coach Kyle Shanahan covets at the position. His last-ditch comeback attempt was derailed by a dubious pass-interference call. Grade: C+

Defense: Jimmie Ward had one of his best games, nearly intercepting Kirk Cousins on a diving attempt in the first half and then scooping up a Vernon Davis fumble in the third quarter. The defense, however, couldn’t get to Cousins on key plays. The 49ers had one sack. Grade: C

Special teams: Robbie Gould has made a field goal in every game this year, including a season-long 52 yarder in the third quarter Sunday. Another try in the quarter went wide, a miss that turned out to be huge in a two-point contest. Trent Taylor had a 39-yard punt return in the third quarter and continues to look sure-handed at that job. Grade: B-

Overall: The 49ers deserve some credit for not wilting altogether after going down 17-0. But they also may have lulled Washington to sleep with uninspired play early on. The 49ers head home after three consecutive road games with an 0-6 record. Look for a lot of Dallas Cowboys jerseys in the stands next Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. Grade: C

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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