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49ers knock off Cardinals, win third in a row

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Three weeks ago, the 49ers fell 20-7 to the Colts, leaving them 1-2 and two games behind the rival Seahawks in the NFC West.

Since then, the 49ers have started to get back into winning form, and Sunday’s 32-20 victory against the Cardinals was their third triumph in a row. The 49ers improved to 4-2 and remain one game behind Seattle, which won against Tennessee on Sunday.

The 49ers’ offense had a strong game, racking up 403 yards. Tight end Vernon Davis shredded the Cardinals’ secondary for eight catches and 180 yards, including first-half touchdowns of 61 and 35 yards.

Leading 22-20 late in the third quarter, the Niners put some distance between themselves and Arizona with an 18-play, 89-yard drive ending in a six-yard Kendall Hunter touchdown run with 6:35 left. Eleven of the 18 plays on the drive were rushes, including the final eight in the sequence.

The Cardinals (3-3) showed some skill and grit in defeat. Their defense did well to limit San Francisco to two field goals after a pair of Carson Palmer interceptions. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald turned a short pass into a 75-yard touchdown after cornerback Trumaine Brock and safety Donte Whitner could not make the tackle.

In the end, though, the 49ers kept the Cardinals at bay for much of the game. And now, San Francisco has gone from a shaky 1-2 to a stable 4-2.

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33 Responses to “49ers knock off Cardinals, win third in a row”
  1. socatra says: Oct 13, 2013 10:14 PM

    it’s a sad reality that Arizona’s defense is wasted on Carson Palmer. Arizona is one good QB from winning the division.

  2. truths4all says: Oct 13, 2013 10:20 PM

    When it counted, the 49er defensive line dominated and whupped the Cards offensive line. When it counted, the 49er offensive line kept knocking back and dominating the Cards defense. The Cards pass defense on Davis was non-existent and horrible. The Cards could have taken control of this game and won, but their offensive play calling was unimaginative and repetitive in the first half and shaky in the second half.
    When Fitz fumbled away the ball when the Cards could have take the lead with a FG or TD, there went any chance that the Cards might steal away a win and the 49ers understood that was the time to kick the Cards in the teeth and they were right as the Cards turned meek and ineffective the rest of the game.

  3. jrazz22 says: Oct 13, 2013 10:22 PM

    A qb away? Have you seen their O line?

  4. theimmaculatedeception says: Oct 13, 2013 10:30 PM

    Note to tyrann mathieu, if you’re gonna talk trash to the opposing quarterback, it’s best to do so if you’re dominating him. You weren’t. You got TORCHED all day, then got STEAMROLLED in the end zone by Kendall Hunter.

    To top of your epic failure of a performance, you committed a classless cheap shot well after the whistle had blown then tried to justify it on Twitter saying you didn’t hear the whistle. Nice try idiot! You committed the late hit/foul 10 YARDS into the end zone!

    Clearly that weed torched all your logic. #loser

  5. jerjaxon says: Oct 13, 2013 10:30 PM

    A statement win against a Superbowl contender while playing at home. Go Niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. rubiois says: Oct 13, 2013 10:32 PM

    Any chance Donte changes his last name to Donte Whiff-ner instead?

  7. seatownballers says: Oct 13, 2013 10:34 PM

    Saw the game. Congrats on the win Niners

  8. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 13, 2013 10:39 PM

    An ugly win, but a win nonetheless.

    Tip of the hat to that Cardinal defense, who made us fight for every yard. I’d also like to think they were the main reason our offense stuttered in the first two trips to the Red Zone.

    Either way, the Niners are 4-2 with only TEN and JAX before the bye. Our D should hold the line until then.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  9. backdapack4evr says: Oct 13, 2013 10:47 PM

    49ers are so over-rated
    If they make playoffs it’s one and done

  10. wholelottaawesome says: Oct 13, 2013 10:48 PM

    Jerjaxon,

    Who was the Super Bowl contender??? Are you confused and posted your comments about the patriots win?

  11. doe22us says: Oct 13, 2013 10:50 PM

    jerjaxon says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:30 PM
    A statement win against a Superbowl contender while playing at home. Go Niners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did you just call the Cardinals a Super bowl contender?? Dude you funny….

  12. meatheadsmakemelaugh says: Oct 13, 2013 11:04 PM

    Best player for the 49rs was Palmer, have them like 13 points by himself. 49ers arnt that good, Cards defense was taking it to you, until the cards offense made them stay out on the field. With the mistakes the Cards had, they were a lot closer to winning that game than the score shows. 49ers will lose at AZ count it. They will also be one and done team IF they get to the playoffs.

    Oh yeah, SF fans are classless, doing the wave while a player is down. Those fans are the biggest bunch losers and meatheads on the face of the earth. Most of them are bandwagon fans away, but it would do the human gene pool some good if they would go away

    #trashfans
    #overrated QB
    #overhypedcoach

  13. natijim235 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:11 PM

    see carson still loves to throw those critical INT’s – bengal fans

  14. seahawksbmx says: Oct 13, 2013 11:15 PM

    It was 27-7 Colts.

  15. adderal says: Oct 13, 2013 11:23 PM

    Gore is a beast but they need to find someone to throw to out wide or come Dec when we really need Gore he will be nicked up. Happy to be 4 and 2 after a rough start

  16. rhabdodontidae says: Oct 13, 2013 11:25 PM

    NFC West only division where no team has a losing record.

  17. hendeeze says: Oct 13, 2013 11:45 PM

    Any news on fines for Alameda Ta’amu when he kicked Alex Boone Suh style in the face?

  18. ninerfanactic says: Oct 13, 2013 11:46 PM

    backdapack4evr says: Oct 13, 2013 10:47 PM

    49ers are so over-rated
    If they make playoffs it’s one and done

    Oh really dude you are just mad because the niners beat up on your sorry team first last year in the playoffs then in the season opener packers won’t make the playoffs you barely won today against baltimore name one player on the pack that could get 171 plus receiving yards in a single game? nuff said.

  19. threedeep1998 says: Oct 13, 2013 11:55 PM

    backdapack4evr says: Oct 13, 2013 10:47 PM

    49ers are so over-rated
    If they make playoffs it’s one and done
    ————————————————————–

    Hah! Coming from a Packers fan? This team has beaten GB down three times in a row!

  20. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 13, 2013 11:56 PM

    Unimpressive 49ers.
    The Cardinals are not threatening anyone.

  21. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 14, 2013 12:05 AM

    This just in…niners suck.

    That is all.

  22. earpaniac says: Oct 14, 2013 12:11 AM

    How bad were the Cards’ QBs last year if Carson Palmer is considered a massive upgrade?

  23. dukeearl says: Oct 14, 2013 12:19 AM

    Nice job niners. Looking forward to the hawks-niners game at Candlestick.

    Seattle has a tough couple of games on the road Cardinals on short prep… then Rams in two weeks.

    Niners play Tennessee and then Jacksonville.

    Much as I hate to think about it, Seattle and SF may well be tied up when they play in SF.

    Go Hawks!

  24. whoisgregtoler says: Oct 14, 2013 12:25 AM

    truths4all says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:20 PM
    When it counted, the 49er defensive line dominated and whupped the Cards offensive line. When it counted, the 49er offensive line kept knocking back and dominating the Cards defense.

    Dude the only time the Whiners Offence Line “dominated” was on that 18 play 90 yard drive towards the end cause they were tired otherwise the Cards front was handling their O-Line and running backs who we’re suppose to be so good LOL didn’t see it.
    And dude for the most part Palmer had all day to throw and our backs had room to run. So you should rewatch the game before making Retarded comments.

    Oh and Seattle how do you pronounce best CB in the NFL Patrick Peterson that’s how Q was shutdown all day!!

  25. usetabe says: Oct 14, 2013 12:28 AM

    Last year the 49ers run/option featured the speed of Kaepernick and great running opportunities for Frank Gore, and it terrified the league. This year they’ve run it about 4 times. Why did they shut down their best offensive weapon? You tell me.

  26. franklinandbashandflorio says: Oct 14, 2013 12:30 AM

    Great job #85!

  27. lamptonsbarbershop says: Oct 14, 2013 12:59 AM

    Pack fans lol

  28. kaeptovernon says: Oct 14, 2013 1:53 AM

    backdapack4evr says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:47 PM
    “49ers are so over-rated
    If they make playoffs it’s one and done”

    Unless that first playoff game is against the Packers! Haha. Still stings doesn’t it!?

  29. hess97 says: Oct 14, 2013 2:49 AM

    Nice win against a gritty division opponent.

    My only complaint was that Justin Smith definitely forced a fumble on his sack. Carson got knocked before passing and his forward motion was just an empty hand. instead of a sack/fumble, it was called incomplete pass. Also, don’t like seeing my niners getting kicked in the face while on the ground after kendall hunter’s TD. Should never have been ofsetting penalties (Super Bowl 47, anyone?) Also, that player should get suspended IMO.

  30. dirtysouthniner says: Oct 14, 2013 3:02 AM

    After Dorsey went down we couldn’t stop anyone from running.. that’s a tuff one to overcome. Go niners

  31. josephpete says: Oct 14, 2013 3:47 AM

    backdapack4evr says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:47 PM
    49ers are so over-rated
    If they make playoffs it’s one and done

    I hope it’s against the Packers, that way we know they’ll play again the following week.

  32. backdapack4evr says: Oct 14, 2013 12:15 PM

    Time will tell!
    The Pack hopes to see you in the playoffs!
    At least the Pack could beat Baltimore in a big game!!
    Still stings doesn’t it!

  33. mastrantuoni says: Oct 14, 2013 1:06 PM

    The ONLY reason Peterson was “shut down all day” was because Crabtree wasn’t in there. Crabtree OWNS Peterson!!

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