Rapid Reaction: 49ers 27, Redskins 24

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers' second spirited comeback in as many games left little doubt about Mike Singletary's status as head coach for the 2009 season.

The future appeared brighter Sunday with young receivers Jason Hill and Josh Morgan making important receptions and Shaun Hill providing another gritty if sometimes unsightly performance.

If team president Jed York's pregame vote of confidence for Singletary weren't enough evidence of the 49ers' plans, their last-second victory over the Redskins should clear up any indecision.

The 49ers have become a smarter team under Singletary on both sides of the ball. They also proved they could finish games, a huge improvement from their early-season struggles in that area.

Singletary still must prove himself over the long haul. But in leading the 49ers from 2-5 under Mike Nolan to 7-9 for the season, including 5-3 over the final eight games, the decision should be an easy one for York and the organization.

Update: The 49ers confirmed Singletary's status as head coach beyond this season.