Arizona Cardinals: Tied with 49ers 6-6 at halftime
Arizona Cardinals move the ball early but the San Francisco 49ers defense comes up big in first half
Two long drives, three points for the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals struggled again to put points on the board.
On the first offensive drive, the Cardinals drove down to the 49ers four-yard-line before quarterback Carson Palmer threw an interception in the end zone. No points on a very promising drive.
Later on the Cardinals looked like they had a touchdown. In what looked like a heck of a catch for running back Andre Ellington in the end zone turned out to be nullified, saying he didn’t get both feet down before his forearm hit the ground out of bounds.
The call looked close. Again, the Cardinals had to settle. This time kicker Phil Dawson was able to connect on a 29-yard field goal to tie the game at three at the time.
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The 49ers too were able the move a bit. They took a 6-3 lead with 5:51 left in a half. After that, the Cardinals could do no more with ball in terms of moving it down the field.
Palmer tried to get the Cardinals down the field for another shot at the end zone but was almost intercepted again. He was hit time and time again. The offensive line woes continue.
Despite all that, the Cardinals got one more chance to score after safety Antoine Bethea intercepted 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer. All they could muster was a field goal to tie it at 6-6.
Running back Chris Johnson had a nice looking run that was nullified by a penalty. This is the type of game the Cardinals can not afford to have little mistakes cost them the game.
There is still one more half of football but not being able to score is going to be this team’s downfall. Palmer has had to hurry just about every throw. That just can’t continue for another 12 games after today.
The 49ers will get the ball to start the second half. The defense must make a stand and create a quick out for the offense to get back on the field.