The 49ers are closing in on the NFC West title, with Frank Gore leading the way.
Gore topped 100 rushing yards for the fifth consecutive game — something no one had ever done in 49ers history — and San Francisco cruised past the Redskins, 19-11 in Washington.
The 49ers improved to 7-1 with the victory, and with the Seahawks losing to the Cowboys and dropping to 2-6, the 49ers already have a whopping five-game lead in the NFC West. They should wrap up the division title by the end of the month.
About the only thing the Redskins could do on Sunday was have John Beck dump the ball off to running back Roy Helu, who caught a Redskins franchise-record 14 passes, for 105 yards.
The game wasn’t particularly exciting, and the 49ers aren’t exactly a thrilling team, but they’re a lot better than the 3-5 Redskins, and a lot better than the rest of their division. There’s little doubt that San Francisco will host a playoff game in January. Maybe more than one.