Why 49ers' sloppy Week 7 win over Washington was historically boring

Why 49ers' sloppy Week 7 win over Washington was historically boring

Even in a game as listless and sloppy as the 49ers' 9-0 win over Washington on Sunday, history can be made. 

The 49ers opened Week 7 as double-digit favorites, but the hosts covered the spread in holding their deficit to nine points. Only one other team has "accomplished" that feat in the last quarter-century, according to ESPN's Doug Kezirian. 

If you thought Sunday's slop-fest was boring, it had nothing on that Steelers-Dolphins game. 

Not only was it played in prime time, on "Monday Night Football," the game featured a whopping 375 yards of combined offense. By contrast, the 49ers and Washington looked more like the '07 Patriots, combining for 437 yards Sunday. At least Washington had won a game headed into Week 7, unlike winless Miami in the rain-soaked snoozer 12 years ago, and San Francisco can say its win somewhat resembled a(n American) football score. 

Still, Sunday's 49ers-Washington scoreline actually is rarer than that of Steelers-Dolphins. Sunday marked just the 30th time in NFL history that a game finished 9-0, and it was only the third time this century.

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By contrast, 59 NFL games have finished with a 3-0 final score. Thankfully, Steelers-Dolphins is the last such instance ... for now.  

The 49ers will take a 6-0 start to the season however they can get it, just as bettors who picked Washington to cover the spread will do the same. For anyone else, though, Sunday's Week 7 "game" was historically boring.

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Why 49ers' Jeff Wilson enjoyed celebrating game-winning TD vs. Cardinals

Why 49ers' Jeff Wilson enjoyed celebrating game-winning TD vs. Cardinals

Jeff Wilson has done a lot with a little bit of playing time this season.

The 49ers running back has scored five touchdowns in seven games in 2019, finding the end zone on 10 percent of the offensive snaps in which he has lined up. His latest TD was the winning one in San Francisco's 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

It came on Wilson's lone offensive snap of the day, and he celebrated appropriately.

"It was just like all the pain I ever felt, all the mistakes I ever made, all the good times I ever had, just all that came out and went," Wilson told KNBR's "Papa & Lund" show Tuesday (H/T 49ers Webzone). "This game meant a lot to me. Obviously, just not playing the whole game, just to get one play, and then the play, you get in and score, and it's for a big moment for the game, it was just all so surreal to me."

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The 49ers got by with a little help from their depth in Week 11, as backup tight end Ross Dwelley hauled in a pair of touchdowns in place of George Kittle and rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel played on more offensive snaps than anyone else at a skill position. Kittle and running back Matt Breida returning likely would push Dwelley and Wilson, respectively, down the depth chart for San Francisco's Sunday night matchup with the 8-2 Green Bay Packers.

If Wilson manages to get another scoring opportunity, the 49ers know they can trust him to deliver in a big moment and be ready to celebrate.

Watch Kyle Shanahan tell 49ers they can 'get so much better' after win

Watch Kyle Shanahan tell 49ers they can 'get so much better' after win

The 49ers' 36-26 win over the Cardinals on Sunday left many of us out of breath -- especially head coach Kyle Shanahan. But that didn't stop him from giving a speech to his team.

Shanahan detailed what members of the squad did including those who got pretty beat up as one does during a game of that intensity.

But the team will only get better from here, he said.

"It's not even close," Shanahan added

And they'll need to.

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San Francisco has a tough few games ahead of them starting with a Sunday matchup against the Green Bay Packers and then the Baltimore Ravens who have been the most exciting team in the NFL.

If they can continue to follow through as they did against the Cardinals with some absentee big names, amazing things can happen. But it won't be easy.