49ers top Redskins 19-11 for sixth staight win


49ers top Redskins 19-11 for sixth staight win


LANDOVER, Md. -- The 49ers remained unbeaten away from home and extended their win streak to six games with a 19-11 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.The 49ers improved to 7-1 for the first time since 1997, which is also the last time the 49ers had a six-game win streak. The 49ers have won their first four road games for the first time since the 1992 season.Record-setting Gore: Running back Frank Gore became the first player in franchise history to gain more than 100 yards in five consecutive games. Gore finished with 107 yards on 19 carries. In 1998, Garrison Hearst gained 100 yards in four straight games.Early starters: The win was the first time the 49ers have won at least four games in a season with a 10 a.m. (PT) start time since 1990. The 49ers went 5-0 in early starts that season.Harbaugh makes history: Coach Jim Harbaugh is the third coach in 49ers history to begin his career with a 7-1 record, joining George Seifert (1989) and Steve Mariucci (1997). Harbaugh became the first 49ers first-year head coach to begin the season 7-1 with a 49ers team who held a losing record the previous season.More about Harbaugh: The 49ers' coach joins Jim Mora (2004 with Falcons) as the only rookie head coaches to lead their team to a five-game improvement from the previous season through eight games since 1970. The 49ers opened last season with a 2-6 record.Bruuuuuce: Rookie fullback Bruce Miller, a converted college defensive end, tasted the end zone for the first time in his career. He ran past the coverage of Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh to catch a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Smith. Miller scored a touchdown last season at Central Florida when he returned a fumble for a score against Houston.Playing takeway: Linebacker Patrick Willis jarred the ball loose from Redskins running back Roy Helu. Safety Donte Whitner recovered the fumble late in the first half to set the table for Miller's touchdown reception. Willis also forced another fumble in the fourth quarter.
Just kickin' it: David Akers continues to be one of the 49ers' top free-agent pickups off the offseason. He made all four field-goal attempts, including a 52-yarder to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. Akers is 4-for-4 from beyond 50 yards this season, making kicks of 52, 53 and twice from 55.Sack man: Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks recorded a sack, giving him five on the season with four of them coming in the past three games.Spreadin' it around: Alex Smith completed passes to eight different receivers, tying a 49ers season-high. Smith had another efficient game, completing 17 of 24 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.