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Week 16: Redskins (8-7) vs. 49ers (6-9)

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Gameday Graphic for Game on 12/28/2008

The Redskins close out the 2008 season with a road trip to the West Coast for a Dec. 28 game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Kickoff is 4:15 p.m. ET.

Candlestick Park has a natural grass surface. The stadium, built in 1960, seats 70,207.

The Redskins are 4-3 in road games. In their only other West Coast trip this season, they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 20-17 on Nov. 23.


The Redskins are in fourth place in the NFC East. They could finish as high as third place in the division, depending on the outcome of the Dec. 28 games.

Both the Redskins and 49ers have been eliminated from playoff contention.

The Redskins are coming off a 10-3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 21 at FedExField.

San Francisco defeated the St. Louis Rams 17-16 on Dec. 21. It was the 49ers' fourth win in their last six contests.

The game will be televised to on FOX. Ron Pitts handles the play-by-play with Tony Boselli adding color analysis and Charissa Thompson reporting from the sidelines.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980. Larry Michael handles the play-by-play with color commentary by Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff. Rick "Doc" Walker serves as sideline reporter.


PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

OFFENSE
Pos.Redskins49ers
WR89 Santana Moss82 Bryant Johnson
LT74 Stephon Heyer74 Joe Staley
LG66 Pete Kendall64 David Baas
C61 Casey Rabach66 Eric Heitman
RG77 Randy Thomas62 Chilo Rachal
RT76 Jon Jansen65 Barry Sims
TE47 Chris Cooley85 Vernon Davis
WR82 Antwaan Randle El88 Isaac Bruce
QB17 Jason Campbell13 Shaun Hill
FB45 Mike Sellers24 Michael Robinson
RB26 Clinton Portis29 DeShaun Foster
DEFENSE
Pos.Redskins49ers
DE99 Andre Carter91 Ray McDonald
DT96 Cornelius Griffin90 Isaac Sopoaga
DT/DE94 A. Montgomery94 Justin Smith
DE/LB55 Jason Taylor99 Manny Lawson
LB53 M. Washington51 Takeo Spikes
MLB59 London Fletcher52 Patrick Willis
LB52 Rocky McIntosh98 Parys Haralson
LCB23 DeAngelo Hall22 Nate Clements
RCB24 Shawn Springs27 Walt Harris
SS48 Chris Horton32 Michael Lewis
FS30 LaRon Landry26 Mark Roman
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.Redskins49ers
P1 Ryan Plackemeier4 Andy Lee
K6 Shaun Suisham6 Joe Nedney
H1 Ryan Plackemeier4 Andy Lee
LS67 Ethan Albright86 Brian Jennings
KOR31 Rock Cartwright46 Delanie Walker
PR82 A. Randle El22 Nate Clements


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and 49ers have met 22 times in the regular season, dating back to 1952. The 49ers hold a 13-9-1 lead in the all-time series, but the Redskins have won three of the last four games.

The Redskins and 49ers last played on Oct. 23, 2005, with the Redskins winning 52-17 at FedExField.

Clinton Portis rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while the Redskins' defense sacked quarterback Alex Smith five times in the rout.

The 49ers hold a 6-3-1 advantage over the Redskins in San Francisco, including a 4-3 mark at Candlestick Park. Washington has won the last two matchups there.

The last time the Redskins and 49ers played in San Francisco was on Dec. 18, 2004, with the Redskins winning 26-16 at Monster Park (now called Candlestick Park).

For the Redskins, Robert Royal caught a 12-yard TD pass from Patrick Ramsey and Antonio Pierce returned an interception 78 yards for another touchdown. Kicker Jeff Chandler also connected on four field goals for the Redskins.

Washington and San Francisco have played four times in the postseason, with the 49ers winning three of four games. The lone Redskins win came in 1983 when they defeated the 49ers 24-21 in the NFC Championship game.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2008 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense20323.5
Rushing Offense8131.3
Passing Offense22192.1

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense4284.1Rushing Defense893.7Passing Defense6190.5

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49ers 2008 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense24307.9
Rushing Offense2698.5
Passing Offense15209.4

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense16329.9Rushing Defense15105.6Passing Defense24224.3

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE 49ERS

Offensive coordinator Mike Martz served as quarterbacks coach of the Redskins from 1997-98. He played a role in developing quarterbacks Gus Frerotte and Trent Green.

Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky served as linebackers coach of the Redskins in 2001.

Cornerback Walt Harris played for the Redskins from 2004-05. In 29 games, he recorded three interceptions for the Redskins' defense.

Fullback Zak Keasey, who is on injured reserve with a biceps injury, played for the Redskins in 2005. He earned a spot on the Redskins' roster as a rookie linebacker out of Princeton.

Quarterback Jamie Martin was with the Redskins in 1997.


REDSKINS-49ERS NEWS & NOTES

-- Zorn's First Season As Head Coach

Jim Zorn is 8-7 in his first 15 games as head coach. He is aiming to lead the Redskins to their third winning season in the last four years.

Zorn is looking to become the seventh Redskins head coach to record a winning record in his first year at the helm. He needs to win the Redskins' final two regular season games to accomplish the feat.

The list of first-year head coaches with winning records includes Ray Flaherty (7-5 in 1936), Dutch Bergman (6-3-1 in 1943), Dudley DeGroot (6-3-1 in 1944), Dick Todd (5-4 in 1951), Vince Lombardi (7-5-2 in 1969) and George Allen (9-4-1 in 1971).

Seven first-year Redskins head coaches finished their rookie campaign with a .500 mark, while 12 finished with a losing record.

-- Zorn And Singletary

Jim Zorn and 49ers head coach Mike Singletary competed against each other in the mid-1980s, when Zorn was a quarterback with the Seahawks, Packers and Buccaneers and Singletary was a middle linebacker with the Bears.

Zorn started two of four games against Singletary's Bears, winning as a Seahawk in 1982 and losing as a Packer in 1985.

"I remember him staring at me with these eyes that are sort of these big orbs through his face mask," Zorn said. "He never sacked me, but a couple other Bears hit me pretty good.

"He was a tremendous football player. He had such a great intensity level. He played the game the way most coaches would want it played.

-- Portis Runneth Over

Clinton Portis is ranked third in the NFL with 1,407 rushing yards, trailing only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Atlanta's Michael Turner.

Portis is second in the NFL with 1,625 yards from scrimmage and second in rushing first downs with 71. He is tied for the league lead with 82 total first downs.

Portis rushed for at least 120 yards in five straight games from Weeks 4-8 and in doing so became the seocnd player in NFL history to accomplish the feat twice in a career. (He also did it in the final four games of the 2003 season with the Denver Broncos and in the 2004 season opener with the Redskins.) Buffalo's O.J. Simpson rushed for at least 120 yards in five straight games in both 1973 and 1975.

The Redskins are 5-1 when Portis surpasses the 100-yard rushing mark.

Washington's 131.3 rushing yards per game this season ranks eighth in the NFL.

-- Record Setters?

Several Redskins players are on the verge of setting Redskins franchise single season records.

Clinton Portis needs 110 yards to break his own club record of 1,516 yards, which he set in 2005. Portis also needs 107 yards from scrimmage--combined rushing and receiving--to surpass his 2005 mark of 1,732.

Jason Campbell is on the verge of setting a new team mark for lowest interception percentage in a season. Campbell has thrown 476 passes with just six interceptions, a 1.26 percentage. That would best the previous mark of 1.60 set by Mark Brunell in 2006.

Chris Cooley's 77 catches this season is a career high and franchise best for a tight end. His 792 receiving yards is also a career high. Cooley needs 58 receiving yards to surpass Jerry Smith's franchise mark of 849 receiving yards in a season by a tight end.

-- Carter Returns To the Bay Area

Andre Carter played college football at Cal and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft.

He played for the 49ers from 2001-05 before signing with the Redskins. Carter may have had his best NFL season in 2002 with the 49ers, when he totaled 12.5 sacks.

That was for a San Francisco team that was coached by Steve Mariucci and finished at 10-6 and atop the NFC West. On that club were the likes of Terrell Owens, Jeff Garcia, Garrison Hearst and Julian Peterson.

Carter said this week he does not feel any extra motivation to play his former team.

"Now when I go back to San Francisco, I have a lot of memories," he said. "It was great to be a part of the last draft class of Bill Walsh and to be part of the 2002 NFC West champs. A few of my old teammates are still there, but the majority of the guys there are new. Some of the coaches I know are still there, but for the most part it's a whole new organization."

-- Cerrato Returns, Too

Redskins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato was with the San Francisco 49ers from 1991-98.

Cerrato joined San Francisco in 1991 as director of college scouting, helping to draft such players as Ted Washington, Ricky Watters, Merton Hanks, Dana Stubblefield, Bryant Young and Lee Woodall.

In 1995, Cerrato was promoted to director of player personnel, overseeing all of college scouting and draft activities as well as pro scouting. Again, Cerrato made an impact as his drafts produced Pro Bowl performers Terrell Owens, R.W. McQuarters, Jeremy Newberry, Lance Schulters and Fred Beasley.

Cerrato was with the 49ers organiationwhen they won Super Bowl XXIX.

-- 49ers From D.C.

The San Francisco 49ers have a host of players from the Washington, D.C., region.

Tight end Vernon Davis, a first-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2006, hails from Washington, D.C., and attended Maryland.

Linebacker Ahmad Broooks grew up in Fairfax, Va., and attended the University of Virginia.

Backup wide receiver Josh Morgan grew up in Washington, D.C. and played college football at Virginia Tech.

Backup running back Thomas Clayton hails from Alexandria, Va.

-- Redskins From Northern California

Tough break for Lorenzo Alexander. The native of Berkeley, Calif., suffered a hamstring injury in last Sunday's Redskins-Eagles game.

The Redskins placed Alexander on injured reserve on Dec. 24.

Ryan Boschetti is another Redskins player with ties to the San Francisco area. He grew up in Belmont, Calif.

-- Shaun Hill Files

San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill, who played his college ball at Maryland, emerged as the 49ers' starter at midseason.

He has taken over the job for the injured Alex Smith and the ineffective J.T. O'Sullivan.

Hill has completed 160-of-258 passes for 1,801 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His QB rating is 87.0.

-- Redskins Captains

The Redskins have elected six players as captains for the 2008 season. They wear a black "C" on their jersey during games.

On offense, Jason Campbell amd Chris Samuels are the captains.

On defense, Cornelius Griffin and London Fletcher are the captains.

On special teams, Rock Cartwright and Khary Campbell are the captains.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins have been eliminated from playoff contention and they head into a busy offseason following the 49ers game.

Besides the playoff, the next big event on the NFL calendar is the Senior Bowl, scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 25.

It's the first opportunity for Redskins coaches and scouts to get a look at some of the young talent available in the NFL Draft.

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