The journeyman fullback won it, crossing the goal line on a 33-yard touchdown catch in overtime that delivered the Redskins their first NFC East championship in eight years.
In 1999, Dan Snyder’s first year as the owner in Washington, Larry Centers caught a ball from Brad Johnson that capped off a 26-20 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
In a series unbalanced in San Francisco’s favor, Centers’ division clinching touchdown is one of the sweetest moments. The Redskins had not defeated the 49ers for 13 years before that moment.
Brad Johnson put forth a performance indicative of his Pro Bowl selection that year, passing for 471 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Westbrook caught seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown, and Skip Hicks rushed for 48 yards on 13 carries.
Since that overtime victory, the Redskins are 2-3 against San Francisco. The 49ers lead the all-time series, 18-10-1, and won three of four postseason matchups. Washington defeated San Francisco int he 1983 NFC Championship game, 24-21.
The franchises first met in 1952, but Washington didn’t defeat San Francisco until Nov. 13, 1955, when Bert Zagers’ 12-yard rushing touchdown was the only score of the game.
For two years straight, Clinton Portis gave the 49ers fits. In a 26-16 win at San Francisco on Dec. 18, 2004, Portis logged 35 carries for 110 yards. Jeff Chandler hit four field goals, and Antonio Pierce returned an interception 78 yards to the house. Sean Taylor, Walt Harris and Ron Warner also intercepted Ken Dorsey in the contest.
The following year, Portis again topped 100 yards rushing. Three of his 19 carries went for touchdowns, and the Redskins blew out San Francisco, 52-17. Mark Brunell went 13-for-20 with 252 yards and three touchdowns.
On Nov. 17, 1986, the Redskins allowed Joe Montana to throw for 441 yards but picked off the legendary quarterback three times in a 14-6 victory. Jerry Rice racked up 204 yards receiving, but Darrell Green kept him out of the end zone.
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