Larry Fitzgerald's touchdown catch in overtime led the Cardinals to an 18-15 win over the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday to move the Cards to 2-2 on the season and the 49ers to 0-4.
Fitzgerald was able to get inside of 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson, and quarterback Carson Palmer trusted his future Hall of Fame wide receiver to make the play.
This game was absolutely very bad, but if you enjoy games with nine field goals and the lone touchdown coming in overtime, you probably would've liked this game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers.
Foster is still out with a high-ankle sprain, and he has missed the last two games.
If Palmer's pass to Fitzgerald had fallen incomplete on second down, Arians would've tried for a touchdown on third down and then played for the tie on fourth down. The Cardinals capitalized on the takeaway - only the third forced by the defense this season - with Dawson kicking a game-tying 43-yard field goal at the 1:24 mark of the period. He played with the injury in last week's game so Arizona is certainly preparing to see him.
But the 49ers still can't score touchdowns, still can't stop teams when they need it most and still can't find a way to win a game. To be fair, the Cardinals were minus left tackle D.J. Humphries and backup left guard Alex Boone due to injury, and don't forget Mike Iupati was placed on injured reserve on Saturday.
San Francisco failed to score a touchdown for the third time this season and has lost its first four games for the first time since 2010. Fitzgerald has caught 17 touchdown passes against the 49ers in his career.
This could shape up to be an ugly game, pitting two teams with glaring issues against each other. The 49ers defense struggled all night, giving up 292 yards and 3 TDs to QB Jared Goff and allowing RB Todd Gurley to add another 2 TDs on the ground. Okay, probably not, considering they are only two years removed from their NFC Championship appearance, but the NFL is a "what have you done for me lately?" league.
With less than 150 seconds left in the game, Arians had to change the game plan. Even if Bowman wasn't able to make much of a return out of the turnover, it would have setup a short field for at least another field goal attempt before the half ended.
"I couldn't tell you their mindset on that but I can tell you our mindset was to defend every blade of grass, whether they were going for the touchdown or the field goal", linebacker Kareem Martin said.
Bethea intercepted five passes during his three seasons with the 49ers. The Cardinals promptly marched down the field. Dumervil got sacks Nos.
Along with multiple hurried throws, Hoyer seemed to be out of rhythm for most of the day. Yes, fellow LB Chandler Jones has been making all the noise as Arizona's main pass rusher with four sacks in three games, but he is dealing with a chest injury this week and it could create additional opportunities for Golden, who led the team in sacks a year ago with 12 1/2.
-Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner was honored at halftime.
Numerous standing players placed one hand on their heart, the other on the shoulder of a kneeling teammate in a sign of solidarity. In his career, he has absolutely owned the 49ers, racking up 2,901 yards and 16 TDs since 2004.