Cardinals hold off 49ers as Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins find a connection

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The Cardinals rallied from an early 10-0 deficit, and they trailed the 49ers 20-17 in the fourth quarter.

They won 24-20, beating the defending NFC champions in Santa Clara.

Kyler Murray completed 26 of 40 passes for 230 yards with a touchdown and an interception. New receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught 14 of those for 151 yards.

Murray also led the team in rushing. He was over 100 yards until kneel downs at the end of the game took him to 91 yards on 13 carries. Murray scored on a 22-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinals their first lead with 10:26 left.

The 49ers answered with Jimmy Garoppolo throwing a 5-yard pass to running back Jerick McKinnon, McKinnon’s first touchdown since 2017.

But the 49ers, with a depleted receiving corps and a gimpy tight end George Kittle, came up 16 yards short. Garoppolo’s final two passes on third-and-five and fourth-and-five intended for Trent Taylor fell incomplete. The final incompletion came with 33 seconds remaining.

The Cardinals outgained the 49ers 404 to 366.

27 responses to “Cardinals hold off 49ers as Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins find a connection

  1. Jimmy G is probably the 4th QB in the NFC West.

    Murray is fun to watch and what a steal they got in Hopkins.

  2. Wow….Arizona hanging tough against the Niners😮
    Wasn’t expecting that…NFC WEST gonna be a dogfight this year.

  3. MostlyRight says:
    September 13, 2020 at 7:41 pm
    Seismic shift in the NFC West. It’s the Murray/Hopkins Era now.

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    just what they said after the Rams spanked Seattle 42-7….., look at where all the teams are now.
    Seattle and San Francisco gunning for the division, Arizona trying to play spoiler, and the Rams.
    Who are not that good

  4. The 49ers fans and sports media like Chris Simms will talk about injuries at the WR position and “bad calls” the Cardinals got in their favor. 49ers fans will blame Jimmy G too.
    But the 49ers team last year. You know the great Super Bowl team? Barely beat a worse Cardinals team both times last year. With no Hopkins. The Cardinals offensive line is better, WRs are better, Kyler is better and defense is drastically better.
    That is why you lost Whiners. You weren’t the better team this year and have a WB significantly worse. Good luck missing the playoffs at 8-8.

  5. Refs literally handed one full TD drive to the Cards. 49ers had they 3 and out in their own end zone. Almost 70 yards were gifted on BS phantom calls on one drive.

    On to the next.

  6. californianewton says:
    The real question is whether Wilson can actually do what the truly great quarterbacks can do, or is he just an MVP wannabe.
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    I hate to play grammar police, but I think you misspelled G-a-r-o-p-p-o-l-o.

  7. Jimmy G is was a 2nd round pick and plays as such. Niners wasted the opportunity to pick a legit starter when they could have franchised him to see if he could actually play for a full season vs kill their cap for a 2nd round backup grade QB. His success is predicated on a superior niner D. His performance in the SB when the D put them in position to win speaks for itself…choke. Niners will NEVER win a title with JG at the helm. The window of elite D is closing fast and has already diminished from last season. Waste/Bust.

  8. That was an ugly game all around but highlighted particularly from the Niners anemic offense. The lack of receivers is glaring and all teams have to do is double Kittle.

    Defensively the most apparent thing is Buckner’s absence. He was the cornerstone of everything that happened up front and all of those 3rd down conversions ARI made were possible because of the lack of pressure up the middle.

    As for ARI, Kyler Murray is going to be a star. He reminds me of a Russel Wilson clone and how he used to terrorize us at the beginning of his career.

    A lot to fix if they intend to make it back to the post season.

    Go Niners.

  9. MiaButtreeks says:
    September 13, 2020 at 8:34 pm
    Refs literally handed one full TD drive to the Cards. 49ers had they 3 and out in their own end zone. Almost 70 yards were gifted on BS phantom calls on one drive.

    On to the next.

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    ‘On to the next. But first….excuses.’

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