Abril 25, 2018

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Prediction, preview, pick to win

02 Octubre 2017, 09:15 | Gervasio Siguenza

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Quarterback Play Remains a 49ers Weak Spot

The Cardinals finally found it, though, as Carson Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald on a 19-yard touchdown pass with just 32 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Arizona to an 18-15 victory.

But the 49ers may have confused themselves on the touchdown, which Fitzgerald snagged in the back of the end zone before cornerback Rashard Robinson could converge from the outside.

The San Francisco 49ers had made Larry Fitzgerald nearly irrelevant on Sunday, until the final play that won the game for the Arizona Cardinals. Seeing that "miscommunication" and noticing the coverage on Fitzgerald was not the same as most of the game, Fitz was the target. Brian Hoyer finished the game with 234 passing yards, no touchdowns, an interception and a rating of 54.3.

Despite last week's loss to the Rams, a San Francisco offense that had been left for dead took a big leap forward, scoring 39 points and racking up 421 yards.

The 49ers moved the ball against the Cardinals, just not across the goal line.

Hyde was questionable to play due to a hip injury but looked strong as he rushed 16 times for 68 yards (4.3 yards per carry) on Sunday.

Palmer was hit, over and over again, by the 49ers' defensive front.

The receivers didn't help, dropping multiple passes, nor did 13 penalties for 113 yards. The Cardinals' secondary also could make things hard on Hoyer and the passing game.

But, Dallas has too, has an emerging running back in Ezekiel Elliot and a promising young quarterback in Dak Prescott, who won NFL Rookie of the Year last season. Tackle D.J. Humphries missed his third consecutive game after sustaining a sprained MCL in his knee during the first quarter of Arizona's season-opening loss at Detroit. He also had a few key drops, notably from tight ends Logan Paulsen and George Kittle, and lost No. 2 receiver Marquise Goodwin in the first half to a concussion and eye injury.

It's pretty bad when a kicker is your top star in a game, but when both teams score 12 points each in four quarters, and all of them are field goals, you don't have any other choice. The Cardinals promptly marched down the field.

The 49ers released a statement prior to their half-standing, half-kneeling configuration, saying the team had chosen to "publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others to do the same". Arizona is having all sorts of problems protecting QB Carson Palmer, while the 49ers just simply lack enough talent to compete week in and week out. Last week, Arizona gave up six sacks and right guard Mike Iupati is out with an injury. The 49ers lead the all time series 29-22. The San Fransisco 49ers are the only team fading out quickly, winless through three games. DeForest Buckner, Eli Harold, Elvis Dumervil (x2), Armstrong and Solomon Thomas all got their first sacks of the season. That play would have allowed Hoyer to roll out of the pocket and evade pressure. Beathard handed off to Hyde, who gained 15 yards on the play.

Still, the 49ers had a chance for their first win of the season when in overtime Hoyer engineered a 17-play drive that included third-down throws to Trent Taylor and Carlos Hyde and set up a first-and-goal situation at the Arizona 8 yard line with 3:12 left to play.

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