Once again it took the first half for the Cardinals to heat up, but by the time the game was over the Cardinals had finished another strong team effort with several contending players up for the mantle of week 3 player of the game:
Last week the rookie wunderkind hit a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter. This week he broke his season record with a 51-yard field goal. He ended the day 3 for 3 and two point after conversions. Meaning of the 23 points scored Sunday, Catanzaro was directly responsible for over half.
After three weeks Brown has three touchdowns. While he's caught passes previously, against the 49ers he blew by defenders and was wide open on both his touchdown catches. He finished with four catches for 52 yards, but without his speed it's unsure if the Cardinals walk away 3-0.
Three 49ers' receivers had more catches than Floyd, but none of them finished with more yards. He had a 36 and 45 yard catch, including one where he adjusted his body on a short throw. Floyd may not have caught every pass that was thrown towards him, but his ability to be Stanton's consistent down-field threat was indispensable.
Campbell may not have had the greatest stat line, but his impact was undeniable. Only about 4 of Kaepernick's 13 "rushes" were designed plays. The remainder occurred when he was forced out of the pocket by the d-line. Re-watch the game, Campbell was double and triple teamed all day and still was able to create pressure. There's a reason he's the most under appreciated DE in the NFL.
Last season all the focus for safety was on Tyrann Mathieu and even after drafting Deone Bucannon it may be that Jefferson becomes this season's breakout safety. He was everywhere making plays and finished the game with 10 tackles and a sack. The sack coming after the only Cards turnover and effectively stopping any chance of a 49ers' comeback.
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