Arizona Cardinals: Domination in victory over 49ers 47-7
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals dominated on both sides of the ball against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon
Each week passes by and each week you have to become more and more impressed with the Arizona Cardinals. They scored the most points they have ever scored against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon in a game completely dominated by the Cardinals 47-7.
Their defense had two interceptions for a touchdown and a safety in a game for the first time since 1949. It was the Cardinals largest margin of victory since 1970. It was the first time the Cardinals scored 40 points plus in consecutive games since 1969. Getting the idea of what kind of day it was?
There is still a long way to go though. The scary thing is they still have things to work on and can certainly be better but there are things that are certainly working as well.
The defense got things going on Sunday. A Justin Bethel pick six and then minutes later another pick six of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by safety Tyrann Mathieu on an eerily similar play. It was 14-0 before some fans were even in their seats.
The Cardinals went on to pick off Kaepernick two more times on Sunday, including another great pick by Mathieu. Cornerback Jerraud Powers had the other interception. The Cardinals also included a safety in the third quarter by linebacker Kevin Minter.
The offense clicked on Sunday afternoon as well. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He did throw his really first bad pass of the season for his second interception. It was in the first half and appeared Palmer was trying to hurry the ball out to avoid a sack. Eventually Palmer would be sacked later for the first time this season.
It was another great day for receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He caught nine passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns. That gives him five touchdowns over the past two weeks. He certainly is feeling the fountain of youth.
Running back Chris Johnson had his best day so far as a Cardinal as well. He carried the ball 22 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. I think they have found a veteran compliment to Andre Ellington. The Cardinals had not rushed for 100 yards in a game against the Niners in 11 games. They rushed for a season high 139 yards.
Things can get better but at this point you almost want the Cards to take the ball and start playing their next opponent now. Speaking of, the Cardinals will now prepare for another division rival at University of Phoenix Stadium next Sunday in the St. Louis Rams.