Matt Maiocco

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Coach Jim Harbaugh said he believes Frank Gore, who showed some signs of a left ankle sprain, will be able to practice in Wednesday afternoon.

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin says the Alex Smith of this season is different than the guy he has seen in previous seasons. "He's got a 97 quarterback rating, which is darn good."

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The 49ers defense allowed a 59-yard field goal and a last minute touchdown to the Redskins. Patrick Willis had his best game of 2011 with 13 tackles and two forced fumbles. How did the rest of the defense look?

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The 49ers scored 19 points against the Redskins on Sunday and gained 326 total yards. As always, Matt Maiocco dissected every play and has your player-by-player analysis.

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The 49ers are 7-1 thanks in large part to a stifling defensive effort led by Patrick Willis. Insider Matt Maiocco breaks down Vic Fangio's unit, including the best and worst plays of the season so far.

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Skepticism reigned when the 49ers failed to land a big name free agent quarterback prior to the season, but at the midseason mark, Alex Smith and Frank Gore have provided San Francisco with a winning formula.

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Before the season, it was viewed as a coup within the NFL when the 49ers added special teams coach Brad Seely. At the midway point, the move looks even better.

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Redskins DL Barry Cofield: "I don't think they the 49ers played that great. I don't think they have that dynamic of an offense."

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Vernon Davis made the special teams play to seal the game, and the special teams guy, Bruce Miller, found himself on the receiving end of a 30-yard TD pass from Alex Smith in the 49ers' 19-11 win.

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Alex Smith: "I'm not worried about credit as long as we keep on winning. Ultimately, that's what a quarterback is evaluated on. I'm not worried about anything else: yards, rating, any of that stuff."

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Braylon Edwards is back contributing to the effective 49ers offense. But the veteran wideout thinks his unit has yet to hit its peak production levels.

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Did tight end Justin Peelle make a legal shift or an illegal simulation of a snap? Jim Harbaugh wants to know the answer to that question after the crew in Washington penalized his 49ers on a crucial play.

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The 49ers scored just one touchdown on Sunday, but their victory over the Washington Redskins never seemed in doubt, thanks to a stout defense, one that head coach Jim Harbaugh said is playing 'unselfish' football.

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Ray McDonald's hamstring will prevent him from suiting up against the Redskins, and Shawntae Spencer, who is not injured, is also inactive.

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Opponents of the 49ers have emphasized containing Frank Gore for quite some time. But no team has gone public with their intent more than the Redskins. Leading tackler London Fletcher will have his hands full with Gore.

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