The Arizona Cardinals entered with a great chance to pull off the upset, but would they on the road against an 8-1 team coming off their first loss of the season to the Seattle Seahawks?
The game began as it usually does...with Fitz extending his streak:
Larry Fitzgerald now has at least one catch in 238 consecutive games, extending the second-longest streak in NFL history (Jerry Rice - 274).— Arizona Cardinals ⋈ (@AZCardinals) November 17, 2019
There was, however, a noticeable absence...
David Johnson takes the field for the first time today on the game’s sixth play.— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) November 17, 2019
First half touches for Cardinals RBs:— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 17, 2019
David Johnson: 0
Kenyan Drake: 10
Kyler went deep to Kirk and no flag was thrown. So it would be another wasted PI overturn challenge flag like every other one this season, right?
Kliff Kingsbury challenges the lack of pass interference on Richard Sherman.— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) November 17, 2019
Wow. they do call DPIon Sherman. Cardinals at the 49ers 3— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) November 17, 2019
Overturned— Coximus (@Coximus2) November 17, 2019
Wowwww— AirRAIDzona Armchair GM (@AZ_ArmchairGM) November 17, 2019
What??? History!!!!!!!!— Vince Marotta (@Vincemarotta) November 17, 2019
Kliff successfully overturned a PI— Billy M (@BillyM_91) November 17, 2019
History in the making! Arizona drove down but unfortunately came up short due to the team shooting themselves in the foot.
It was a pick on Kirk— scott bordow (@sbordow) November 17, 2019
And of course, after driving down and scoring, K1 went OFF.
HOLY COW, WHAT A THROW.
That was a gorgeous throw by Kyler Murray.— Vince Marotta (@Vincemarotta) November 17, 2019
The Cards rolled the dice...and succeeded again.
4th and 1. KK going for it, not the 52 yard FG attempt.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) November 17, 2019
National media started paying attention...
Once again, Kyler Murray is throwing darts. So accurate. Lead the 49ers and driving. #HeIsLegit— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 17, 2019
Along with a certain comedian and AZ native...
I have to say as an Arizona native that i hope people notice that Kyler Murray is doing such a solid job this season. I know alot of other great players get the chatter but this dude is quietly making great plays and being very interesting to watch. @K1. @AZCardinals— David Spade (@DavidSpade) November 18, 2019
The Cardinals still had issues closing out the half, and allowed the Niners to make a bit of a comeback.
Cardinals take their third and final timeout of the half. 3rd and 11 from their 18. Poor use of timeouts this half.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) November 17, 2019
Fortunately, the Cards caught a break.
Wow, Murphy actually missed that tackle, but Niners get a Richberg hold.— Blake Murf (@blakemurphy7) November 17, 2019
BIG penalty on SF.
Interesting play selection and time management there by 49ers. Cardinals say thank you, at least if they are polite, and away the FG attempt— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) November 17, 2019
Kirk had an ALMOST day while Richard Sherman didn’t....
And that'll be the third PI on Richard Sherman covering Christian Kirk today. Went over his back.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) November 17, 2019
And then...they couldn’t convert on the opportunities and the Niners ended up closing up the 16 point lead the Cardinals had established.
Cardinals struggle with tight ends more than sir mix a lot— Ralph Amsden (@ralphamsden) November 17, 2019
But that wasn’t all....a TERRIBLE call happened where Joe Walker was called for a DPI and you be the judge:
I still don't know how this was called defensive pass interference... It's unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/UlI99CMpiU— K1 + K2 (@SCoxFB) November 17, 2019
Now that’s a terrible DPI call in this Cardinals game WOW— Robert Ortiz (@CoachOrtizOL) November 17, 2019
Kevin Peterson got flagged as well and the Niners marched down the field.
If your name is Peterson and you play defense for the Cardinals, you probably aren't very good right now— Raising Zona (@RaisingZona) November 17, 2019
Then it finally reached a point where AZ needed to take the lead. They did....and it was in STYLE.
Kyler is just a special player— K1 + K2 (@SCoxFB) November 17, 2019
And at the end of the game it all fell apart...
UGH. And “Vance Joseph” started trending for that decision making...
It was going to be pretty difficult to make Steve Wilks look good, but congratulations Vance Joseph. That's what you've done.— Chuck Harris (@chuckh3) November 18, 2019
All out blitz when the 49ers were playing for the FG to tie, and you drop Chandler Jones, your best pass rusher, in coverage??
Frustrating - Can't ask this defense to make 2 plays in a row - that's asking too much. Can ask the offense with 4:32 left to not go 3-and-out and go backwards. Conservative play calling when SF has two timeouts and two-minute warning is dumb. Get 2-3 first downs you win game— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) November 18, 2019
Vance Joseph just put Chandler Jones in coverage on a must have defensive stop. He should never work again for the Cardinals.— K1 + K2 (@SCoxFB) November 18, 2019
Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration > Vance Joseph— Jason (@purple_n_orange) November 18, 2019
Is there going to be a bye-week coordinator firing?— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) November 18, 2019
Vance Joseph talked about having an attacking, man-press 3-4 defense and talked about being a top-10 defense again.— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) November 18, 2019
This has been a joke.
The last play of the game ended up being a fluke score for the Niners which...if you’re a gambler you weren’t happy and let’s leave it with that.
Cardinals (+10).— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) November 18, 2019
Last play of the game:
In the end, it all comes down to the defense.
Jimmy G vs. Cardinals: 75.6%, 370.5 yards/game, 9.0 YPA, 8 TD, 2 INT— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 18, 2019
Jimmy G vs. Not Cardinals: 66.4%, 217 yards/game, 7.4 YPA, 10 TD, 8 INT
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