Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hyde's Go-Ahead TD Boosts Sluggish 49ers

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Hyde's Go-Ahead TD Boosts Sluggish 49ers

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Hyde's go-ahead TD boosts sluggish 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Anquan Boldin knew it would take one big play by San Francisco's offense, and he delivered it -- along with a helmet-cracking hit that left his defender down.

Boldin has been speaking for weeks about this one-game season, and boy did the 49ers need this win against lowly Washington to keep their playoff hopes alive. No matter how they got it done.

Carlos Hyde ran for a go-ahead 4-yard touchdown with 2:59 remaining after Boldin's big gain, and San Francisco barely squeaked by the Redskins with a 17-13 win Sunday that kept them in the thick of the playoff chase.

"We feel like we are in the playoffs," safety Antoine Bethea said. "Win at all costs."

San Francisco's first-team offense that had failed to convert a fourth-quarter touchdown all season finally did so when the 49ers' playoff hopes depended on it.

A fourth-down conversion in their own territory away from losing, the Niners finally capitalized with a rare TD in the final period on the way to their third straight victory.

San Francisco (7-4) overcame three turnovers.

Washington coach Jay Gruden won a challenge with 5:36 left that Vernon Davis hadn't made a first down. San Francisco went for it and Frank Gore converted the fourth-and-1. On the next play, Colin Kaepernick hit Boldin for a 29-yard gain and safety Ryan Clark was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for his hit on Boldin.

As the play developed, Boldin just reminded himself "catch the ball and protect yourself."

PACKERS 24, VIKINGS 21 -- At Minneapolis, Eddie Lacy rushed for 125 yards on 25 carries, both season highs to help Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers hang on against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lacy scored twice, on a run in the first quarter and a catch in the fourth. Then, he rumbled through the line for two first downs to drain the clock after the Vikings (4-7) cut the lead to three with 3:23 remaining.

Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and again avoided a turnover for the Packers (8-3), who stayed out of a potential trap against a struggling team with a game next week against surging New England. …

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