Unbeaten 49ers shut out Redskins in downpour

Robbie Gould kicked three field goals and the San Francisco 49ers remained undefeated by posting a 9-0 victory over the host Washington Redskins on Sunday in heavy rain and wind at Landover, Md.

San Francisco relied on its sturdy defense on a day featuring treacherous field conditions and allowed just 154 yards while starting 6-0 for the first time since the Joe Montana-led 49ers won their first 10 games in 1990. Julian Taylor recovered a fumble and made an important fourth-down stop for the Niners.

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 12 of 21 passes for 151 yards and one interception to improve to 12-2 as a starter during his tenure with the 49ers. Kendrick Bourne had three receptions for 69 yards as San Francisco totaled 283 yards offense.

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Adrian Peterson rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries but lost a key fumble for Washington (1-6). Case Keenum completed 9 of 12 passes for 75 yards.

The game was scoreless for more than 39 minutes before San Francisco moved 67 yards on eight plays to set up Gould's 28-yard field goal with 5:28 left in the third quarter.

The key play was a 40-yard catch-and-run from Garoppolo to Richie James Jr. that moved the ball to the Washington 30-yard line. When the drive stalled, Gould had no issues booting the ball between the uprights despite the poor conditions.

Peterson lost a fumble on the Redskins' next drive as Kwon Alexander dislodged the ball and Taylor recovered it at the 49ers' 41 with 1:20 remaining in the third period.

San Francisco responded by working 7:17 off the clock en route to another field goal. The key play was Garoppolo's 26-yard pass to Bourne that moved the ball to the Washington 7. A short time later, Gould connected from 22 yards to make it 6-0 with 9:03 remaining.

The 49ers put away the game with Gould's 29-yard field goal with 23 seconds left. It capped an 11-play, 56-yard drive.

San Francisco had just 68 yards -- five passing -- during a scoreless first half in which Washington posted 82 of its 118 yards on the ground.

Peterson rushed for 49 yards on eight carries on the game's first possession, which lasted 8:14. But the Redskins came up empty when Dustin Hopkins was wide right on a 39-yard field goal.

San Francisco had a chance to get on the board with 10:56 left in the second quarter but Gould's 45-yard field-goal attempt was wide left.

Washington threatened later in the quarter and passed on a field-goal try with just more than four minutes left. Peterson got the call on fourth-and-1 from the 49ers' 28 but was dropped by Taylor in the backfield for a 1-yard loss.

--Field Level Media

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