WhatIfSports.com “played” the 1987 Washington Redskins against the 1988 San Francisco 49ers 1,000 times. The 1987 Washington Redskins win 54% of the time by an average score of 34-31. An example boxscore with a similar outcome is below.
1988 San Francisco 49ers  at  1987 Washington Redskins
Final - 12/19/2007 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
1988 San Francisco 49ers 7 3 7 14 31
1987 Washington Redskins 7 3 7 17 34
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter
WAS6:40TDLionel Vital 36 yd. run (Ariri kick)0-7
SAN0:50TDDoug Dubose 27 yd. run (Cofer kick)7-7
2nd Quarter
WAS2:12FGObed Ariri 45 yds. 7-10
SAN0:00FGMike Cofer 38 yds. 10-10
3rd Quarter
SAN6:47TDJohn Taylor 10 yd. pass from Montana (Cofer kick)17-10
WAS4:54TDLionel Vital 21 yd. run (Ariri kick)17-17
4th Quarter
SAN10:09TDRoger Craig 17 yd. run (Cofer kick)24-17
WAS7:47TDKelvin Bryant 13 yd. pass from Williams (Ariri kick)24-24
SAN6:00TDJohn Frank 1 yd. pass from Montana (Cofer kick)31-24
WAS2:10TDLionel Vital 3 yd. run (Ariri kick)31-31
WAS0:00FGObed Ariri 50 yds. 31-34
 
Team Statistics
 1988 San Francisco 49ers1987 Washington Redskins
First Downs 23 18
- Rushing 8 11
- Passing 12 7
- Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Eff 10/15 4/9
4th Down Eff 0/0 0/0
Rushes-Yards 37-188 28-266
Avg Rush 5.1 9.5
Comp-Att-Int 16-24-1 12-19-0
Passing Yards 185 108
Sacks-Yards 4-28 1-7
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Punts-Avg 3-35.7 4-38.5
KR-Avg 6-21.5 4-20.0
PR-Avg 4-13.3 3-13.3
Penalties-Yard 3-11 4-35
Time of Possession 34:01 25:59

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1988 San Francisco 49ers Individual Stats   1987 Washington Redskins Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'88 Roger Craig 20 117 0 19 1
'88 Tom Rathman 12 35 0 11 0
'88 Doug Dubose 3 29 1 27 1
'88 Joe Montana 2 7 0 7 0
 
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
'87 Lionel Vital 5 122 4 41 3
'87 George Rogers 11 82 1 44 0
'87 Kelvin Bryant 10 59 1 39 0
'87 Art Monk 1 2 0 2 0
'87 Doug Williams 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'88 Mike Wilson 3 85 1 1 55 0
'88 Jerry Rice 3 57 1 0 23 0
'88 Roger Craig 4 24 0 0 9 0
'88 John Taylor 2 17 0 0 10 1
'88 Tom Rathman 2 15 0 0 9 0
'88 John Frank 2 15 0 0 14 1
 
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
'87 Gary Clark 3 35 0 0 16 0
'87 Kelvin Bryant 3 31 0 0 13 1
'87 Clint Didier 2 23 0 0 13 0
'87 Art Monk 1 16 0 0 16 0
'87 Ricky Sanders 2 10 0 0 6 0
'87 George Rogers 1 0 0 0 0 0
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'88 Joe Montana 16 24 213 2 1
 
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
'87 Doug Williams 12 19 115 1 0
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'88 Mike Cofer 38 48
 
Field Goals
  Made Missed
'87 Obed Ariri 45,50 -

Player of the Game:
'87 Lionel Vital (1987 Washington Redskins)
TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F1st Quarter Play by Play
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 300 - 0K1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1987 Washington (WAS) catch the ball at the WAS 5 and return it to the WAS 28.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 14:52
14:521/10own 280 - 0131Williams is sacked by Daniel Stubbs for 7 yards.
14:072/17own 210 - 0212 Rogers pounds ahead for 1 yard.
13:293/16own 220 - 0140 Williams's pass is just out of reach of Clark. Incomplete pass.
13:224/16own 220 - 0P1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for a punt.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the WAS 46.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 13:10
13:101/10460 - 0221 Rathman pounds ahead for 1 yard.
12:332/9450 - 0212 Montana scrambles for 7 yards.
11:523/2380 - 0212 Craig pounds ahead for 1 yard.
11:094/1370 - 0P1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1987 Washington (WAS) return it to the WAS 22.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 10:59
10:591/10own 220 - 0221 Williams completes the pass to Bryant who makes the catch and falls forward for a 8 yd gain.
10:192/2own 300 - 0221 Rogers picks up 1 yard off tackle left, and is run out of bounds.
9:383/1own 310 - 0122 Bryant pounds ahead for 3 yards.
PENALTY on SAN: Incidental Facemask, 5 yards enforced on the WAS 34.
8:561/10own 390 - 0221 PENALTY on SAN: Encroachment, 5 yards enforced on the WAS 39 - NO PLAY.
8:561/5own 440 - 0221 Bryant picks up 1 yard off tackle left.
8:162/4own 450 - 0131 Williams completes the pass to Clark who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 16 yd gain.
7:321/10390 - 0131 Bryant gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
6:502/7360 - 0221 Vital pounds ahead for 36 yards.
1987 Washington scores a touchdown!
6:40PAT 0 - 6FG1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 68 yds, 4:19
1987 Washington (WAS) at 6:40
6:40Kickoffown 300 - 7K1987 Washington (WAS) prepares to kickoff.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 9 and return it to the SAN 28.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 6:33
6:331/10own 280 - 7221 Montana completes the pass to Rathman. Tackled immediately for a 6 yd gain.
5:542/4own 340 - 7131 Montana's short pass is to Craig who makes the catch and falls forward for a 4 yd gain.
5:091/10own 380 - 7131 Craig is stopped at the line.
4:292/10own 380 - 7221Montana is sacked by Monte Coleman for 5 yards.
PENALTY on WAS: Defensive Holding, 5 yards enforced on the SAN 38 - NO PLAY. Automatic First Down.
4:241/10own 430 - 7131 Craig is caught behind the line for a loss of 3 yards.
3:472/13own 400 - 7131 Rathman gains 11 yards up the middle.
3:033/2490 - 7221 Craig rushes for 19 yards off tackle right.
2:201/10300 - 7131 Rathman gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
1:412/7270 - 7221 Craig is stopped at the line.
0:593/7270 - 7140 Dubose picks up 27 yards on a draw play.
1988 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
0:50PAT 6 - 7FG1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 9 plays, 67 yds, 5:38
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:50
0:50Kickoffown 307 - 7K1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1987 Washington (WAS) catch the ball at the WAS 11 and return it to the WAS 31.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 0:42
0:421/10own 317 - 7221 Williams's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
0:372/10own 317 - 7131 Williams hits Clark who makes the catch and falls forward for a 12 yd gain.
0:001/10own 437 - 7131Time Expires
End of 1st Quarter ... 1988 San Francisco: 7 1987 Washington: 7

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F2nd Quarter Play by Play
15:001/10own 437 - 7131 Williams's short pass is to Didier. Catch is good and Didier gets some yardage for a 10 yd gain.
14:151/10477 - 7131 Williams's pass is just out of reach of Sanders. Incomplete pass.
14:112/10477 - 7221 PENALTY on WAS: Illegal Motion, 5 yards enforced on the SAN 47 - NO PLAY.
14:112/15own 487 - 7212 Williams completes the pass to Bryant who makes the catch and falls forward for a 10 yd gain.
13:273/5427 - 7221 Williams soft pass is to Sanders who gets a few steps before being brought down for a 6 yd gain.
12:451/10367 - 7221 Williams's pass is just out of reach of Bryant. Incomplete pass.
12:382/10367 - 7131 Bryant gets back to the line of scrimmage.
11:573/10367 - 7131 Williams's pass is just out of reach of Didier. Incomplete pass.
11:514/10367 - 7P1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for a punt.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 21.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 11:39
11:391/10own 217 - 7221 Craig rushes for 2 yards off tackle right.
10:562/8own 237 - 7131 Montana hits Rice who makes a nice catch, sheds some tackles before being brought down. 23 yd gain.
10:111/10own 467 - 7131Montana is sacked by Mel Kaufman for 6 yards.
9:242/16own 407 - 7221 Montana overthrows Craig and the pass is incomplete.
9:183/16own 407 - 7041 Montana's pass is to Wilson who makes the catch and attempts to stretch forward, but loses the ball.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) recovers the ball and runs to the WAS 39.
8:341/10397 - 7221 Craig gains 6 yards up the middle.
7:582/4337 - 7140 Montana overthrows Taylor and the pass is incomplete.
7:523/4337 - 7221 Rathman picks his way for 2 yards.
7:134/2317 - 7FG1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Cofer's 48 yd. field goal attempt is wide left.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 7:09
7:091/10own 387 - 7131 Williams's short pass is to Sanders. Tackled immediately for a 4 yd gain.
6:272/6own 427 - 7131 Rogers pounds ahead for 6 yards.
5:511/10own 487 - 7221 Williams's short pass is to Clark who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
5:122/3457 - 7140 Williams scrambles to the sideline for 1 yard, and runs out of bounds.
4:263/2447 - 7212 Rogers gains 19 yards up the middle.
3:461/10257 - 7221 Rogers carries, but is tackled for no gain.
3:032/10257 - 7221 Bryant is caught behind the line for a loss of 3 yards.
2:233/13287 - 7041 Williams overthrows Didier and the pass is incomplete.
2:164/13287 - 7FG1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for a FG attempt.
Ariri's 45 yd. field goal slips just inside the upright!
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 34 yds, 4:53
1987 Washington (WAS) at 2:12
2:12Kickoffown 307 - 10K1987 Washington (WAS) prepares to kickoff.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 1 and return it to the SAN 21.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 2:05
2:051/10own 217 - 10221 Rathman gains 3 yards up the middle.
2:002/7own 247 - 10221*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:002/7own 247 - 10221 Rathman picks up 2 yards on a draw play.
1:563/5own 267 - 10221*** 1988 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
1:563/5own 267 - 10221 Montana's pass is to Rice who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 18 yd gain.
1:341/10own 447 - 10221 Craig is caught behind the line for a loss of 3 yards.
1:162/13own 417 - 10221 Montana completes the pass to Rice who makes the catch and falls forward for a 16 yd gain.
0:531/10437 - 10131 Montana's pass is to Wilson who makes the catch and falls forward for a 13 yd gain.
0:451/10307 - 10131*** 1988 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:451/10307 - 10221Montana is sacked by Monte Coleman for 8 yards.
0:232/18387 - 10212 Montana's pass is to Craig who makes the catch and attempts to stretch forward, but loses the ball.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) recovers the ball on the WAS 24.
PENALTY on WAS: Defensive Pass Interference, 10 yards enforced on the WAS 28 - NO PLAY. Automatic First Down.
0:141/10287 - 10131 Montana completes the pass to Taylor who makes the catch and falls forward for a 7 yd gain.
0:032/3217 - 10131*** 1988 San Francisco (SAN) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:032/3217 - 10FG1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a FG attempt.
Cofer's 38 yd. field goal is right down the middle!
Drive Summary: 8 plays, 48 yds, 1:53
End of 2nd Quarter ... 1988 San Francisco: 10 1987 Washington: 10

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F3rd Quarter Play by Play
1987 Washington (WAS) at 15:00
15:00Kickoffown 3010 - 10K1987 Washington (WAS) prepares to kickoff.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 9 and return it to the SAN 38.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 14:51
14:511/10own 3810 - 10221 Rathman pounds ahead for 1 yard.
14:092/9own 3910 - 10131 Craig picks up 2 yards off tackle left.
13:333/7own 4110 - 10140 Craig gains 17 yards on a sweep left.
12:521/104210 - 10221 Rathman is caught behind the line for a loss of 1 yard.
12:172/114310 - 10221 Dubose pounds ahead for 3 yards.
11:423/84010 - 10140 Montana hits Craig. Tackled immediately for a 8 yd gain.
11:051/103210 - 10131 Montana screen pass is to Craig who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 3 yd gain before getting out of bounds.
10:212/72910 - 10212 Craig pounds ahead for 12 yards.
9:371/101710 - 10131 Dubose carries, but is tackled for a loss of 1 yard.
8:542/111810 - 10131 Montana overthrows Craig and the pass is incomplete.
8:493/111810 - 10041 Montana's pass is to Frank who catches the ball and makes one guy miss before getting tackled for a 14 yd gain.
8:111/Goal410 - 10221 Rathman gets back to the line of scrimmage.
7:342/Goal410 - 10140Montana is sacked by Charles Mann for 6 yards.
6:543/Goal1010 - 10131 Montana's pass is to Taylor who catches the ball and walks into the endzone.
1988 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
6:47PAT 16 - 10FG1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 14 plays, 62 yds, 8:04
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 6:47
6:47Kickoffown 3017 - 10K1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1987 Washington (WAS) catch the ball at the WAS 9 and return it to the WAS 27.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 6:40
6:401/10own 2717 - 10221 Williams's pass is to Didier who makes the catch and falls forward for a 13 yd gain.
5:521/10own 4017 - 10221 Bryant gains 39 yards on a sweep left.
5:021/102117 - 10221 Vital picks up 21 yards off tackle left.
1987 Washington scores a touchdown!
4:54PAT 17 - 16FG1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for the extra point.
PENALTY on SAN: Encroachment, 1 yards enforced on the SAN 2 - NO PLAY.
4:54PAT 17 - 16FG1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 3 plays, 73 yds, 1:46
1987 Washington (WAS) at 4:54
4:54Kickoffown 3017 - 17K1987 Washington (WAS) prepares to kickoff.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 5 and return it to the SAN 26.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 4:47
4:471/10own 2617 - 17221 Rathman pounds ahead for 5 yards.
4:052/5own 3117 - 17221 Craig rushes for a loss of 3 yards.
3:233/8own 2817 - 17041 Montana scrambles for no gain.
2:434/8own 2817 - 17P1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1987 Washington (WAS) return it to the WAS 42.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 2:34
2:341/10own 4217 - 17221 Rogers gets 3 yards on a pitch right.
1:582/7own 4517 - 17221 Rogers gains 3 yards on a sweep left.
1:193/4own 4817 - 17131 Williams tosses the ball out to Rogers. Tackled for no gain.
0:404/4own 4817 - 17P1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for a punt.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 21.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:28
0:281/10own 2117 - 17221 Craig pounds ahead for 13 yards.
0:001/10own 3417 - 17221Time Expires
End of 3rd Quarter ... 1988 San Francisco: 17 1987 Washington: 17

TimeDown
YTG
Ball OnScore
V - H
F4th Quarter Play by Play
15:001/10own 3417 - 17221 Craig picks up 5 yards off tackle left.
14:192/5own 3917 - 17221 Rathman gains 1 yard up the middle.
13:403/4own 4017 - 17131 Craig gains 11 yards up the middle.
13:011/104917 - 17131 Craig gains 11 yards on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
12:161/103817 - 17221 Montana hits Rathman. Tackled immediately for a 9 yd gain.
11:382/12917 - 17221 Montana zips the short pass to Craig who holds on to the the ball and runs for a 9 yd gain.
10:531/102017 - 17221 Craig pounds ahead for 3 yards.
10:152/71717 - 17131 Craig pounds ahead for 17 yards.
1988 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
10:09PAT 23 - 17FG1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 9 plays, 79 yds, 5:32
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 10:09
10:09Kickoffown 3024 - 17K1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
1987 Washington (WAS) catch the ball at the WAS 2 and return it to the WAS 21.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 10:02
10:021/10own 2124 - 17221 Rogers pounds ahead for 44 yards.
9:121/103524 - 17221 Bryant gains 1 yard on a sweep left.
8:382/93424 - 17221 Vital picks up 21 yards on a draw play.
7:531/101324 - 17221 Williams's short pass is to Bryant who holds on to the the ball and runs into the endzone.
1987 Washington scores a touchdown!
7:47PAT 24 - 23FG1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 4 plays, 79 yds, 2:15
1987 Washington (WAS) at 7:47
7:47Kickoffown 3024 - 24K1987 Washington (WAS) prepares to kickoff.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 8 and return it to the SAN 22.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 7:41
7:411/10own 2224 - 24221 Craig pounds ahead for 1 yard.
PENALTY on WAS: Facemask, 15 yards enforced on the SAN 23. Automatic First Down.
7:381/10own 3824 - 24131 Montana tosses the ball out to Wilson who makes a nice catch, sheds some tackles before finally being brought down. 55 yd gain.
6:481/Goal724 - 24221 Craig picks up 6 yards off tackle left.
6:082/Goal124 - 24221 Montana overthrows Craig in the endzone and the pass is incomplete.
6:043/Goal124 - 24122 Montana hits Frank in the endzone.
1988 San Francisco scores a touchdown!
6:00PAT 30 - 24FG1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 5 plays, 63 yds, 1:41
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 6:00
6:00Kickoffown 3031 - 24K1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares to kickoff.
The ball goes into the end zone for a touchback.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 5:57
5:571/10own 2031 - 24221 Bryant picks up 14 yards on a draw play.
5:111/10own 3431 - 24221 Vital rushes for 41 yards off tackle right.
4:221/102531 - 24131 Monk runs a reverse for 2 yards.
3:402/82331 - 24221 Rogers rushes for 3 yards off tackle right.
3:033/52031 - 24131 Williams's pass is to Monk. Catch is good and Monk gets some yardage for a 16 yd gain.
2:171/Goal431 - 24131 Rogers gains 1 yard on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
2:132/Goal331 - 24221 Vital gains 3 yards on a sweep left.
1987 Washington scores a touchdown!
2:10PAT 31 - 30FG1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for the extra point.
The extra point attempt is good.
Drive Summary: 7 plays, 80 yds, 3:47
1987 Washington (WAS) at 2:10
2:10Kickoffown 3031 - 31K1987 Washington (WAS) prepares to kickoff.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) catch the ball at the SAN 11 and return it to the SAN 37.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 2:04
2:041/10own 3731 - 31221 Rathman rushes for 7 yards off tackle right.
2:002/3own 4431 - 31140*** 2 Minute Warning ***
2:002/3own 4431 - 31221 Montana's pass is batted down. Incomplete pass.
1:553/3own 4431 - 31221Montana is sacked by Dexter Manley for 8 yards.
1:124/11own 3631 - 31P1988 San Francisco (SAN) prepares for a punt.
1987 Washington (WAS) return it to the WAS 42.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 0:59
0:591/10own 4231 - 31221 Bryant gets 1 yard on a pitch right.
0:552/9own 4331 - 31221*** 1987 Washington (WAS) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:552/9own 4331 - 31212 Rogers gains 1 yard on a sweep left before running out of bounds.
0:513/8own 4431 - 31131 Williams's long pass is just out of reach of Clark. Incomplete pass.
0:434/8own 4431 - 31P1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for a punt.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) return it to the SAN 25.
1988 San Francisco (SAN) at 0:30
0:301/10own 2531 - 31041 Montana overthrows Rice and the pass is incomplete.
0:242/10own 2531 - 31041 Montana overthrows Rice and the pass is incomplete.
0:193/10own 2531 - 31041Montana's pass is intercepted.
Todd Bowles returns the interception to the SAN 33.
1987 Washington (WAS) at 0:11
0:111/103331 - 31221 Bryant is stopped at the line.
0:032/103331 - 31221*** 1987 Washington (WAS) CALLS A TIMEOUT ***
0:032/103331 - 31FG1987 Washington (WAS) prepares for a FG attempt.
Ariri's 50 yd. field goal hooks through the uprights!
Drive Summary: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:08
End of 4th Quarter ... 1988 San Francisco: 31 1987 Washington: 34

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