Led by LB Parys Haralson, the 49ers pressured Cardinals QB Kurt Warner throughout their 20-16 victory.
The 49ers running game couldn’t get in gear and they finished with 0.8 yards per carry.
Said 49ers coach Mike Singletary, “I
could care less if it was an ugly game, but it was beautiful for us. I don’t care about all that stuff, the stats and all
Gwen Knapp of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the 49ers showed stubborn toughness that came from Singletary in the win.
49ers QB Shaun Hill set a career-high with a 50-yard completion to WR Isaac Bruce.
Cardinals S Adrian Wilson took the blame for leaving 49ers RB Frank Gore open on his fourth quarter touchdown catch.
The Cardinals were flagged for 12 penalties for 82 yards, something coach Ken Whisenhunt called “unacceptable.”
Cardinals QB Kurt Warner was sacked three times and threw two interceptions.
Tim Hightower had 12 catches for 121 yards to become the first Cardinals running back with 100 yards receiving since Larry Centers in 1996.
Cardinals linebackers Karlos Dansby and Gerald Hayes were keys to the successful effort to stop the 49ers rushing attack.