We continue our game by game breakdown of 2014. We've covered our wins against San Diego and New York, next is the 49ers.
The Cardinals were looking at a strong start to their 2014 campaign. They had just come off of two close wins against San Diego and in New York against the Giants. Drew Stanton was set to start his second game with Carson Palmer trying to rehab his bum shoulder.
Arizona was looking to beat the 49ers since the first time since Week 14 of the 2011 season. Arizona had been outscored 106-56 in the previous four games, and were looking for retribution.
Arizona struck first, with the biggest play of the drive being a 36 yard strike to Michael Floyd. Arizona would take a 3-0 lead three plays later after a 51 yard conversion by Chandler Catanzaro.
Colin Kaepernick was on fire in the first quarter, going 9-9 to start the game, and lead his team to two touchdowns in their first two possessions.
Arizona converted two field goals on their first two possessions, and the teams went into the locker rooms 14-6, San Francisco up.
Arizona took off in the third quarter, with two scores from Stanton to John Brown.
Arizona held the 49ers quite in the second half, with their biggest play being a forced fumble of Larry Fitzgerald inside the five.
Arizona topped off the scoring with a 35 yard field goal from Catanzaro.
The Cardinals beat the 49ers for the first time in four tries, by a score of 23-14.
Stanton finished the game 18/33 for 244 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The leading receiver was Michael Floyd, who finished with 5 grabs for 114 yards. Andre Ellington lead all backs with 62 yards.
With that, the Cardinals proceeded to 3-0 heading into their bye week, giving Palmer an extra week to get healthy.