What. A. Heartbreaker. The 49ers become the first team in NFL history to lose five games in a row by three points or less.

Box Score:

24-26 – Loss

Offensive Report:

  • QB B. Hoyer (pulled -mid-game): 4/11, 34 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
  • QB CJ Beathard: 19/36, 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • RB C. Hyde: 13 carries for 28 yards, 2 TDs
  • WR P. Garçon: 5 receptions, 55 yards, 0 TD

Defensive Standouts:

  • DL S. Thomas: 7 tackles, 2 assists, 1.0 sack
  • CB K. Williams: 5 tackles
  • CB R. Robinson: 1 tackle, 1 assist, 1 INT

Game Storyline:

Coming into today, I’d bet more than half of the 49ers fans watching were only watching to see our potential starting quarterback next season. Little did we know, he might’ve been on our side all along. Washington came out aggressively, scoring on 3/6 of their first-half drives. It wasn’t long before we all saw rookie CJ Beathard warming up on the sidelines, and before we knew it incumbent starter Brian Hoyer was pulled.

It was almost as quick as a blink of an eye – the 49ers were now down 0-17, and on the road to top it off. It looked like it was going to be a complete massacre right in front of our very eyes. But then, something magical happened, after Beathard came in, he brought the entire team back to life. The 49ers found themselves scoring 17 unanswered points to tie the game! Kirk Cousins and the entire Washington team seemed stunned, as they weren’t scoring points, or even getting first downs for the most part.

The 49ers defense was even able to get Washington off the field and give the offense the ball back with about a minute left to go in the game. Beathard quickly hit Garçon for a 22-yard gain up the sideline to get the ball to midfield. Beathard & Co. actually got the ball all the way up to the WAS 41 yardline with roughly :40 seconds left! An extremely acrobatic catch on a tipped pass by Garçon was originally ruled out of bounds, but after an official review, the call was ovetrturned! Unfortunately, the magic appeared to have run out about :30 seconds too soon.

The 49ers were on the bad end of another horrible, horrible offensive-pass interference. This call not only knocked San Francisco out of field goal range, but also set the markers so far ahead, it would be almost impossible to get the first down without throwing the ball in the middle of the field (which is exactly what they were trying to avoid as they were out of timeouts when they began the drive). Eventually, CJ Beathard was forced to heave up a prayer of a Hail Mary pass on 4th and long, which was of course intercepted by WAS defender Kendall Fuller.

Even though the 49ers lost, they showed some serious heart, fighting right up until the final seconds. More importantly, they have a possibility of having their next franchise QB right in the palm of their hands. If Beathard can develop into a solid starting quarterback, it will allow John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan to address other dire needs at the beginning of next year’s NFL Draft.

Injury Report:

  • Arik Armstead left the game with a hand injury.
  • Aaron Lynch left the game with an apparent ankle injury.
  • Ray-Ray Armstrong missed some time with an undisclosed injury.
  • Jaquiski Tartt was on the ground in pain, but walked off under his own power.