Colin Kaepernick threw three touchdowns to snap San Francisco's slump as the 49ers beat Washington 27-6 on Monday to prolong the nightmare season for the Redskins.
Both teams entered the night with a two-game losing streak and San Francisco (7-4) found their form to move back into NFC wild-card position three games behind division-leading Seattle (10-1).
Kaepernick, who has endured an up and down season, tossed a 19-yard touchdown to Anquan Boldin in the first quarter.
After Washington moved to within 10-6 at halftime, he struck twice more in the third on scoring throws to Boldin and Vernon Davis before finishing with 235 yards passing.
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin passed for only 127 yards and an interception and could not get his team into the end zone.
The Redskins signal-caller spent the off-season recovering from a knee surgery and has failed to recapture the success of his magical rookie season.
Making matters worse, he has recently had his leadership called into question and dealt with team issues as the spiraling Redskins have now fallen to 3-8.