Originally written on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 11/6/11
The 49ers’ winning formula again was straight out of the 1950s, but executed thanks in particular to a couple of  21st century playmakers. San Francisco ran the football, won the turnover battle and shut down an opposing running game yet again to beat the Washington Redskins Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., 19-11. The victory is the NFC West-leading Niners’ sixth straight and their fourth this season in the east, following wins over Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Detroit. It’s the team’s longest winning streak since 1997 and the first time the 49ers have started 4-0 on the road since 1992. Running back Frank Gore and linebacker Patrick Willis proved to be difference-makers. Gore rushed for 107 yards, his fifth consecutive game over the 100-yard mark, as San Francisco controlled the game’s tempo and time of possession (32:19 to 27:41). Willis not only had nine tackles, but forced two fumbles that were recovered by San Francisco, the first of which was converted just before half...
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