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San Francisco’s win in Washington may not have been good football, but it was beautiful in its way.

At a rainy, sloppy Landover, the Niners slip-slid their way to a 9-0 win that was a wholesomely good time—for the winners, anyway. “It takes you back to being a kid: You’re out there, you’re sloshing around and your shoes are full of water and mud,” Richard Sherman said. “It’s still a kid’s game at the end of the day. Guys had a lot of fun slipping and sliding out there, but winning’s always fun.”

From the dry warmth of my living room, muddy football rules. It feels like a throwback, tickling some atavistic nerve that desires to see the game as messy as it can possibly be. These photos do a great job of capturing that, especially the shots of 49ers guard Mike Person looking like a mud-splattered Viking berserker defending Stamford Bridge.

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Photo: Mark Tenally (AP)
Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty)
Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty)
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Photo: Julio Cortez (AP)
Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty)
Photo: Alex Brandon (AP)
Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty)
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Photo: Mark Tenally (AP)
Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty)
Photo: Julio Cortez (AP)
Photo: Alex Brandon (AP)
Photo: Patrick Smith (Getty)
Photo: Mark Tenally (AP)

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