The Film Don't Lie: 49ers

A weekly look at what the San Francisco 49ers must fix:

We already know the 49ers' offense is absolutely dreadful when it gets inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. After coming away with just two field goals in four red zone trips Sunday at the New York Giants, it is ranked 30th in red zone offensive efficiency, on pace to be the Niners’ worst such ranking since 2006.

And with Washington coming to Levi’s Stadium on Sunday -- Washington is 18th in red zone defensive efficiency -- the Niners have a chance to improve on their inside-the-20 deficiencies.

They better. Despite having already picked off Eli Manning four times on Sunday, the 49ers still needed a goal-line stand -- and another Manning pick -- to hold on for the 16-10 victory.

Sure, Washington seems in dire straits with coach Jay Gruden calling out quarterback Robert Griffin III on Monday to show more accountability. But to a man, the 49ers admit they need to handle their own business first. And the first order of business is getting their red zone offense right.

“We’ll watch the film and try to clean up what we’re not doing in the red zone,” said running back Frank Gore, who rushed for 95 yards against the Giants but cost the Niners when he coughed up the ball in the first quarter when they were at the New York 19-yard line.

“I hurt us on the fumble in the red zone and that could have been, if not seven, that could have been three points.”

Per ESPN Stats & Information, the 49ers posted minus-10.8 expected points added in the red zone Sunday, the fifth-worst total by any team this season. And while their red zone offensive efficiency is 30th, their TD percentage of 39.4 in the red zone ranks 31st and their red zone Total QBR of 44.2 is 24th.