Washington Soccer Workforce highlights and lowlights from win over 49ers
“I like to think, ‘What would Kobe do?'” Said the rookie defensive ending. “He wouldn’t smile. He would lower his head and keep working until he got what he wanted … That’s the whole thing. We’re not satisfied.”
“What can you be happy about?” A stone-faced Kobe Bryant asked reporters after the Los Angeles Lakers took a 2-0 lead over Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA final. “Job isn’t done yet.”
The Lakers would lose Game 3 but would finish the streak with wins in Games 4 and 5. If Young and Washington win two of their last three games, they will almost certainly be playing in the postseason.
Failure: The State Farm Stadium Lawn
Playing three NFL games in eight days on the same natural grass field is a recipe for seriously chewed turf, and so it was in the 49ers’ temporary home on Sunday. Field conditions in Arizona may not have been a direct contributor to injuries, but players on both teams struggled with their stance throughout the game.
Haskins was put into action for the first time since his fourth week loss to the Ravens and didn’t play particularly well to Alex Smith’s relief. Washington’s 2019 first-round election completed 7 of 12 passes for 51 yards, almost throwing an interception from the depths of its own territory.
Even so, Haskins led a goal chase in Washington’s first possession in the third quarter and ultimately avoided any mistakes that would have given up the lead. Some rust was to be expected. Haskins said he had tears in his eyes as he walked off the field and wondered if he would ever play again.
“This is probably the greatest amount of adversity I have faced since arriving in this world,” Haskins said during an emotional press conference.
“He’s showing growth and that’s what we’re looking for,” said Washington coach Ron Rivera. “We’ll keep working on it and see what happens.”
Failure: Washington’s Offense
Without star rookie Antonio Gibson, who was out with a lawn toe injury, Washington only managed 193 yards, the fewest since a week 5 loss to the Rams. Smith and Haskins threw together to throw 95 yards on 31 attempts, with a completion rate of less than 50 percent. Logan Thomas led Washington’s receiver with six catches for 43 yards. Terry McLaurin eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season but was limited to two catches for the second straight week.
Washington won a street game without an offensive touchdown for the first time since October 25, 1992, when Chip Lohmiller scored five field goals in the 15-13 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome.
Kyle Juszczyk of San Francisco has an inch and four pounds on linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis of Washington, but you wouldn’t know if you watched Pierre-Louis throw the 49ers full-back with a bolt of lightning in the second Quarter led to a layoff of Nick Mullens, absolutely brought to his knees. It was Pierre-Louis’ second career bag and his first since 2018. Washington ended up with four bags as a team.
For the 13th time in 13 games, Washington failed to score a goal on its opening run. Washington had 33 yards in 13 games in the first quarter, including a couple of three-and-offs and a drive that resulted in a missed field goal. Smith was 2 for 7 for five yards and the defense allowed San Francisco to rush for 54 yards on 10 runs, including a short touchdown executed by Jeff Wilson.
Hagel: Defensive touchdowns
Coupled with Young’s scoop-and-score in the first half, Kam Curl’s interception return for a touchdown in the final game of the third quarter marked the first time Washington had a pick-six and a fumble return for a touchdown in the same game since A 35:32 win over the Eagles in the 1997 regular season finale. Darryl Pounds and Darrell Green have teamed up to accomplish the feat of this game. Both touchdowns were carried out in the first quarter.
Failure: Anyone Who Wrote Washington Off
When Rivera refused to use his late game timeouts en route to a 2-7 start earlier in the season, it was easy to dismiss his claim that the NFC East was there for the inclusion. Sure, the partition was terrible, but Washington seemed destined to end up in its basement. Four wins in a row later, WFT is all alone at the top.
“For everything we had to do, you earned the right to be the team that finished first in NFC East,” Rivera told his team after the game. “That’s you.… Understand, nobody, and I promise you, nobody wants to play us now. We are on the move and we are doing things right. “