49ers vs. Redskins: San Francisco Desperate for Win in Tight NFC Playoff Race

By Ryan Heckman
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After two key losses, the San Francisco 49ers couldn’t have a better setup in week 12 to redeem themselves. On Monday Night Football, Colin Kaepernick squares off with Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins in a game where one team is all but out of the playoff picture and another is clinging to their position.

Coming off of two poor outings, Kaepernick has a great chance to bounce back against a pretty porous Redskins defense. In his last two games, Kaepernick has thrown for just 218 yards on 28 for 53 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Both Kaepernick and Griffin are guys that have been under the microscope this season while they’ve appeared to regress over the course of this season in comparison to their fantastic 2012 campaigns. Griffin has not made as wise of decisions, mainly throwing off his back foot and risking his body far too much when tucking the ball and running.

Kaepernick, meanwhile, has just not been as explosive all-around. He’s not made as many pinpoint passes like he shocked the world with last season and has turned it over more often than we saw a year ago. That was the big thing with Kaepernick in 2012: He didn’t turn it over. This year, he’s already got more than twice the amount of interceptions he threw in 10 games last year.

The way the playoff race is shaping up at the moment, Kaepernick has to make sure his Redskins come away with a win Monday night. The Arizona Cardinals are tied with the 49ers at 6-4 and from the looks of it, whoever finishes second place in the NFC North could wind up taking a wildcard spot. As the Seattle Seahawks all but have the number one seed locked down, San Francisco is forced to win this game or risk falling out of position.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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