Arizona Cardinals grab loss to 49ers from jaws of victory
By Scott Allen
The final score was not indicative of just how close this game came to an Arizona Cardinals victory
If it is defense you are looking for, you can just skip the stop in Arizona because the Arizona Cardinals have no defense. The Cardinals offense started hot but faltered a bit late in the game in as the San Francisco 49ers came away with a 36-26 victory.
Leading 26-23 late and looking like the 49ers would be attempting a game-tying field goal and sending this one to overtime, the Cardinals pathetic defense showed up again. They allowed a touchdown and then turned the ball over on a ridiculous lateral play on the last play of the game to give the 49ers a final touchdown.
The Cardinals came out on fire. They took a 16-0 lead thanks to 2 Kyler Murray touchdown passes. Murray played well. He didn’t get much support from his supporting cast.
Christian Kirk dropped a wide open pass that could have gone forever and a possible score. He didn’t get a lot of help from his offensive line either, although he had 8 runs for 67-yards rushing, including a go-ahead touchdown late in the game.
The Cardinals held the 49ers to 2-yards of offense in the first quarter. After that, it was pretty much all 49ers. The defense came up with a couple of timely turnovers but overall it was another pathetic effort.
Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 424-yards and 4 touchdowns. That’s all you need to know. Forget the 2 interceptions he threw.
The Cardinals did everything they could to give this game to the 49ers. They did just that in the end.
In the post game press conference, you could sense the frustration in Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury. He walked off angry from the podium and in his post-game radio interview, he didn’t want to talk, leaving it with “we’ll talk about it tomorrow.” Yeah, it was that bad.