The Washington Redskins rallied late and held on to beat the winless San Francisco 49ers, 26-24 before a relieved crowd at FedEx Field.
Washington (3-2) twice blew leads, a 17 point advantage in the first half and ahead 26-17 in the fourth quarter they let rookie quarterback C. J. Beathard, the grandson of former Redskins GM in the Gibbs era Bobby Beathard, lob a 45-yard touchdown pass to former Redskin Aldrick Robinson making the score 26-24 with 2:08 to play in the game.
Washington was unable to run out the clock but got some help from the 49ers to secure the win.
With the ball near field goal range after an acrobatic catch by another former Redskin Pierre Garcon, He was then called for a penalty which took the ball back near midfield.
Beathard’s heave on fourth and 20 was picked off by Kendall Fuller and the Redskin faithful were finally able to exhale.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was 25 of 37 for 330 yards and two touchdowns.
He also ran four times for 26 yards and it was his seven-yard quarterback keeper scoring dash that gave Washington a 26-17 lead with 3:34 to go.
Washington jumped out to a 17-0 lead on two Cousin’s touchdown passes and a Dustin Hopkins 48-yard field goal.
But the 49ers got a spark when Beathard came in replacing an ineffective Brian Hoyer in the first half and his touchdown drive cut the Washington lead to 17-7 at the break.
His 12-play, 42 yard drive ended with a 52-yard field goal making the score 17-10 with 9:45 to go in the third quarter.
The 49ers then caught a break when a catch by Vernon Davis was ruled a fumble which was returned to the Washington one-yard line. They scored, completing their comeback and tying the score at 17-17 with 3:06 to go in the third quarter.
Washington rallied for a field goal and Cousin’s scoring scamper but a Hopkins missed extra point and a blown coverage by Washington’s defense helped the 49ers cut the lead to 26-24 and setting up the exciting finish.
Washington running back Chris Thompson continued his breakout season and was the Redskins offensive star. He caught four passes for 105 yards and ran 16 for 33 yards.
Redskin rookie running back Samaje Perine ran the ball nine times for 23 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards and one touchdown.
Davis caught three passes for 65 yards and Ryan Grant hauled in three passes for 39 yards. Josh Doctson had one catch for 11 yards and a touchdown.
Beathard was 19 for 36 for 245 yards and one touchdown and one game-ending interception.
Carlos Hyde rushed 13 times for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson caught two passes for 66 yards and one touchdown for San Francisco and Garcon hauled in five passes for 55 yards in a losing effort for the (0-6) 49ers.