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49ers can take solace: At least they aren’t the Cardinals

Brian Westbrook, Kerry Rhodes

For one night, the 49ers looked like the team Mike Singletary envisioned before the season.

San Francisco rushed for 261 yards in a convincing 27-6 victory over the Cardinals.  Brian Westbrook had a game to remember with 136 yards on 23, carries often running through gigantic holes.   He had nine yards on the season going into the game, but San Francisco lost Frank Gore to a hip injury after only five carries.  (UPDATE: Gore is out for the season.)

49ers quarterback Troy Smith just had to hand the ball off and let his strong defense do the rest.  Derek Anderson led the Cardinals to only eight first downs.  Beanie Wells had five carries for 13 yards and Arizona only held the ball for 21 minutes.

It should serve as some comfort to 49ers fans that the Cardinals are the biggest mess in the messiest division in football.  After winning three of four games,  San Francisco is only one game out of first at 4-7.

San Francisco’s path to the playoffs remains an uphill climb with road games in Green Bay and San Diego still to come.  But playing at Lambeau is a problem for another day — Sunday.

For one day, the 49ers can enjoy a road win over their biggest division rival.

They can enjoy being in a playoff race.    (Even if it feels like more of a light jog.)

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12 Responses to “49ers can take solace: At least they aren’t the Cardinals”
  1. laxer37 says: Nov 30, 2010 12:06 AM

    49ers can take solace: At least they don’t have one of their defensive stars being unfairly targeted by the NFL each week like James Harrison.

  2. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Nov 30, 2010 12:34 AM

    The ’49ers can take solace? lol No, dufus, the Cards can take solace knowing that Dingletary is not their coach.

  3. purp4lyfe says: Nov 30, 2010 12:45 AM

    49ers better celebrate whatever they can tonight cuz tomorrow’s main headline…Frank Gore out for season….sorry niner fans but he’s going on IR. At least you guys have westy….SKoL

  4. richm2256 says: Nov 30, 2010 12:45 AM

    Never mind Spygate II….. THIS is what should be most embarrassing to Roger Goodell.

  5. thegaterecords says: Nov 30, 2010 12:58 AM

    Frank Gore out for the season according to Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network

  6. florio4prez says: Nov 30, 2010 2:05 AM

    It is so nice to have the desert birds back as the laughing stock of the NFL. Their brief (but all too painful) time in the national spotlight is now officially over.

    Their fans can now stop thinking, talking or acting as though they belong in any discussion about pride, winning, playoffs and the like, for decades to come.

    The NFL is thankfully back to a 31-team league, with one team allowed to play games against them as an invitee. (Oops, make that 30, forgot about those pesky Panthers.)

    Question of the day: Could the desert birds (or the Panthers) beat Auburn or Oregon?

  7. jwill2412 says: Nov 30, 2010 2:20 AM

    Spoke too soon.. Gore is done apparently with a fractured hip. So, not too much solace there unless my boy B-West can rewind the clock a few more times this year.

  8. funkylovemonkey says: Nov 30, 2010 3:23 AM

    As far as the question of whether Troy Smith is the future of the franchise, that wasn’t really answered tonight. He wasn’t asked to do much except hand the ball off, but when he did throw he was less then 50 percent. Considering the Cardinals were mostly playing the run, that’s not great, although his one interception wasn’t really on him.

  9. xtb3 says: Nov 30, 2010 4:19 AM

    Laugh at them but they were the favorite at least for that division and used a totally useless QB. Just as the Cleveland Browns stuck with an equally useless QB Derek Anderson in the past. The 49ers have won 4 of their last 6. They lost by 3 points to New Orleans, 2 points to Atlanta, by 3 points to Philadelphia(ALL playoff teams) and by 3 points to Carolina.

    Their biggest problem even though just 1 game out, is they still have Green Bay and San Diego to play on the road.

  10. tommytd says: Nov 30, 2010 6:03 AM

    …and they say the NFC North is a weak division??? Gimme a break…this division is a mess.

  11. florio4prez says: Nov 30, 2010 8:30 AM

    Cardinals fan remebering the team’s glory years to his son:

    “Son, we may have s#cked for 30 straight years, and we may s#ck now, but our team used to be great just a few years ago. Hell boy, we had a .500 record or better for THREE straight years, 8-8, then 9-7, then 10-6. Ah, those were the days son! We used to be great!”

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/crd/

  12. joetoronto says: Nov 30, 2010 9:26 AM

    Did anybody actually watch this game?

    I can imagine how low the ratings are gonna be for this one.

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