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October 31, 2019
Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals opened the game with a great game script. Kenyan Drake had a long run to put Arizona in 49ers’ territory. Dee Ford sacked Kyler Murray, but the play was negated after a horse-collar penalty was called. The Cardinals scored on a six-play, 71-yard drive.
The Niners’ opening possession didn’t go as well. George Kittle hit his knee on a Cardinals defender and had to go to the medical tent. A false start by Deebo Samuel on third down made it 3rd & 12, and the 49ers were forced to punt. (READ MORE) by
The San Francisco 49ers remain undefeated following their 28-25 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. And what’s been a trend for the Niners this season, at times, they gave up an opening touchdown to their opponents, thanks largely to some porous defense against the Cardinals ground attack.
But this time, the Niners defense looked vulnerable late, surely affected by the short week.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad looked a little disjointed early, especially after playing from behind. But tight end George Kittle got San Francisco on the board with a strong-armed touchdown to tie things up at seven apiece, then quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found wide receiver Kendrick Bourne for what was then his second touchdown pass of the night to give the 49ers the first-half lead: (READ MORE) by Peter Panacy | 49ers Web Zone
The Cardinals kept it interesting, but they couldn’t stay on top, losing to the 49ers 28-25 in Arizona on Thursday night. They are now 0-2 in the NFC West, with three of the remaining four divisional games on the road.
An 88-yard touchdown by rookie Andy Isabella and a two-point conversion to Kenyan Drake late in the fourth quarter brought the Cardinals within three, but they could not get a stop on the 49ers’ next drive.
The Cardinals scored on their opening drive, a four-yard run by Kenyan Drake punctuating a drive in which he ran for 41 yards. Then, the Cardinals would not score again for the remainder of the first half. Drake showed no signs of learning curve in his first game as a Cardinal. He finished with 162 all-purpose yards. (READ MORE) by Katherine Fitzgerald | Arizona Republic