49ers Avoid Upset Against Cardinals

Glenn Kaplan

2019 NFL Draft Hats from New EraThe San Francisco 49ers were trailing for most of the game against the Arizona Cardinals. San Francisco almost lost to Arizona on the road in Week 9. The 49ers were trailing 26-23 late in the game. With 31 seconds remaining in regulation, Jimmy Garoppolo threw the game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Wilson Jr. as San Francisco took down the Cardinals by a score of 36-26.

The other touchdown that was scored after the Wilson touchdown was on a David Reed Jr. fumble recovery for a 4-yard touchdown with no time left in the game. Arizona was in desperation mode at that point. That touchdown either helped or hurt fantasy football teams and it also either helped or hurt spreads as well.

On the touchdown late in the game that gave San Francisco the lead for good, it was Wilson’s only reception in the game.

It appeared as if Garoppolo was going to cost the San Francisco 49ers for the second consecutive week after he had a dreadful performance last Monday night at home against the Seattle Seahawks in a 24-21 overtime loss.

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 34-of-45 for 424 yards four touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for seven yards on one carry.

Tevin Coleman was the leading rusher in this game for San Francisco with 14 yards on 12 carries. He also caught three passes for 48 yards receiving.

With the Arizona Cardinals leading 3-0 in the first-quarter, Kyler Murray threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald finished with five receptions for 37 yards receiving and a touchdown (missed extra-point).

Murray threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Phraoah Cooper in the second-quarter. Cooper with three receptions for 35 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Christian Kirk was the leading receiver in this game for Arizona with six receptions for 41 yards receiving. He also rushed for one yard on one carry.

With the San Francisco 49ers trailing 16-0 in the second-quarter, Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Ross Dwelley. Dwelley finished with four receptions for 14 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

George Kittle did not play in this game again due to a knee injury. San Francisco hopes he will be back next week.

With San Francisco trailing 16-10 in the third-quarter, Garoppolo threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dwelley.

They also trailed 19-17 entering the fourth-quarter. Jimmy Garoppolo threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne. Bourne caught four passes for 31 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Deebo Samuel is starting to come along in this offense. He was the leading receiver for the San Francisco 49ers with eight receptions for 134 yards receiving.

Kyle Juszcyk had a surprising game with seven receptions for 63 yards receiving.

Kyler Murray scored on a 22-yard rushing touchdown with less than 6:35 remaining in regulation to give them a 26-23 lead in the fourth-quarter.

Murray completed 24-of-33 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 67 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.

Kenyan Drake rushed for 67 yards on 16 carries. He also caught six passes for 13 yards receiving.

Rookie Andy Isabella was held to one catch for six yards receiving. He had an 88-yard touchdown reception the last time these two teams play each other.

With this win for the San Francisco 49ers, they are able to stay in the number one spot in the NFC. Had San Francisco lost, they would have dropped to the number five seed in the NFC.

Five NFC teams have at least eight or more wins this season, including San Francisco. The other four teams are the Green Bay Packers (8-2), the Seattle Seahawks (8-2), the New Orleans Saints (8-2), and the Minnesota Vikings (8-3).

The race for the number one seed will be really interesting down the stretch.

As for the Arizona Cardinals, they are getting closer in becoming a good team, but Arizona is currently going through growing pains with new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Arizona (3-7-1) will be on a bye next week. The Cardinals will then host the Los Angeles Rams (5-4) in Week 13 on December 1.


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