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Pierre Garcon

Cousins inconsistent as Redskins hold on to beat 49ers

Jay Gruden was hardly happy after this victory. That subdued reaction signifies progress, according to Washington's coach.

Kirk Cousins and the Redskins sweated it out and barely held on to beat past — and possibly future — mentor Kyle Shanahan's winless San Francisco 49ers 26-24 on Sunday. The Redskins (3-2) blew a 17-point lead amid injuries and a pair of turnovers and survived a last-minute drive by 49ers rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard.

"You can see that we're starting to turn a corner a little bit when you're not quite as ecstatic as you normally would be after a win," Gruden said. "I know we can play a lot better."

That includes Cousins, who...