49ers 28, Cardinals 25

Effing Arizona. It doesn’t matter if the 49ers are good and the Cardinals are bad, or vice versa, or both one or both the other, it’s always been tough to win down there. Some real heartbreakers over the years. The team always seems to wilt near the end. But it happened to Detroit, too, at the beginning of the season, so maybe it’s just some sort of cactus curse going on down there.

But a win is 8-0 anyway you slice it.

This game was all about Jimmy Garoppolo. 317 yards passing, with four TDs and no interceptions. 11-17 on third downs. None more critical than the three he strung together at the end of the game to burn the final five minutes off the clock and save the day for a sagging defense. And all the while, with the game hanging by a thread, the cameras catch him out their laughing and smiling in the huddle. You can’t teach cool.

Maybe he’s just thrilled to finally have a WR who knows how to play the game and doesn’t drop passes. Emmanuel Sanders had seven catches for 112 yards. Stats the team normally only gets from TE George Kittle. Rookie Deebo Samuel is a tough little guy who might be good down the road, but botching a wide open TD catch is just something you can’t do.

LB Kwon Alexander left the game with a chest injury, which could be a serious blow to the defense if today’s MRI shows a torn pectoral muscle, a season ending injury. The team doesn’t have a solid backup for him.

The 49ers should have given a game ball to Arizona HC Kliff Kingsbury for outsmarting himself. Once at the end of the first half when he pulled one of those ice-the-kicker timeouts, only to see his team stuff the goal line play then get the TD on the next play. Pivotal swing in what ended up a three point loss. And for burning a timeout on a failed challenge during the Niners’ final at bat. Also, on general principles, for spelling his first name with a K.

Next up, Seattle. In a battle for supremacy in the NFC West.

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38 comments on “49ers 28, Cardinals 25
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Yep Jimmy G showed some traits that he is an elite QB by hanging in there and completing some difficult passes under pressure.
    He did what most elite QBs do, throw guys open.
    Niners have their franchise QB for next 10 years and he’s only getting better.

    Sanders showed what an elite receiver can do getting most of his yards off Patrick Peterson. If his chemistry with the QB gels they will have a special combination as some of those completions were spectacular with the precision passes and the moves that got Sanders open.

    Niners now have 11 days to heal up and game plan for the Seahags.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It was nice to see our offense bail out our defense for a change. Hopefully, our D will adjust the next time we see em. Murray has the potential to win games on his own and a lot of those plays won’t hold up forever in the nfl. But until that happens someone is gonna have to stay home and contain Murray. Drake showed he is a good RB but we were so our of position that he made most of em look easy. First time we have seen a QB like murray, hopefully we figure it out. Fingers crossed on Kwon he is such a big part of this team.

  3. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Jimmy showed as much QB touch as any I’ve ever seen. I am so happy for him and the team. His game was a true confidence builder.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It wasn’t quite s cool as pointing out John Candy while leading the game winning drive in the Super Bowl… But it wasn’t bad.

  5. winderNo Gravatar says:

    49ers LB Kwon Alexander will undergo an MRI on his injured chest Friday.
    Alexander suffered his chest injury in Thursday night’s win at Arizona. Per beat reporter Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, the 49ers have “some of level of optimism” as to Alexander’s status. Maiocco also noted that Alexander’s “range of motion” didn’t appear to be impeded by his injury. The ex-Buccaneer has impressed in his debut season as a Niner, totaling 34 tackles over 357 defensive snaps while garnering PFF’s top coverage grade among 4-3 outside linebackers.

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    grump- no that one was hard to beat.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Joe Montana he’s still paying for all the hits he took and was in the news the other day


  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Kwon Alexander tore his pectoral muscle and is done for the season.
    Next man up Dre Greenlaw will be his replacement

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not good. Not good at all.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The curse of our FA acquisitions continues.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Next man up. Helps to fit into a well oiled machine. Dre lacks speed. Aziz a rookie. Elijah Lee probably called up from practice squad.

    Over 11 days Staley and Witherspoon definitely back. Juice and Glinch imminent. Sanders is WR1 now. O has to pick us up.

    GB, NO, LAR will expose the new Will now.

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Prefer Elijah Lee over Malcolm Smith?

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Can Marcel Harris be a will?

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Naturally, Josh Gordon signs with Seahawks.

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    And Cards just sign Zach Brown who the Niners might have looked at as a LB replacement.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Seahags might as well sign Antonio Brown as Josh Gordon was toxic to the Pats and reason he was released was he wasn’t
    exerting any effort in preparation and practices.

    Niners have the right guy in Sanders and he’s only going to get more productive the more he works with Jimmy.

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like everyone is gonna make us work for it. That’s just fine. I doubt kS would have signed Gordon anyway. And, if Zack Brown was out of work until now he probably isn’t that great anyway. I think Seattle has Colbert and i wonder how he is doing. They always pick up players we cut.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Per Rappaport Kittle just tweaked his knee and should not miss significant time after rest and getting over the soreness.
    MRI did not reveal any structural damage.

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    SEA drafted two safeties, the fist in 2nd rd. Even expending draft capital, Colbert was added.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Niners will probably sign LB Dekoda Watson to take Alexander’s spot. He played with them last year, knows the system, and can provide some poop on Seattle, who just released him to make room for Gordon.

  21. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    NFCW is getting incestuous with some of these players. SEA has Iupati, Colbert. ARI has Marsh. Others have been passed around. Some continue for awhile. Others used for short term hookups.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    SEA scouted, vetted, and took in 2nd rd the one and only,


    Academy awards, Darwin awards, … how can nfl fans recognise these players for their achievements. Our own Reuben Foster, Chiefs RB now in CLE, Tyreek Hill, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Jameis Winston, etc.

  23. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wide ranging saga, Malik wins the award.


  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So the Seahags taking on Josh Gordon is going to be a game changer countering Sanders to the Niners?

    Remember Petey and the Seahags had Percy Harvin in for a season and a half. Some marveled at this addition but turns out Harvin was a total bust not able to suit up because he had Headaches and he totaled 2 TDs for the Seahags.

    Lot’s of teams passed on claiming Josh Gordon most likely for the same reasons, his work ethic and his discipline where he can’t pass drugs tests. Gordon needs to make a 180 degree turn so time will tell.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Also the Seahags added Jadaveon Clowney and Izzy Ansah to bolster their pass rush. Through 8 games Clowney has 2 sacks and Ansah has one sack.

    Russell Wilson has been sacked 19 times and the Seahags as a team have 13 sacks.

    Seahag’s defense is ranked 23rd and a shell of what they used to be so
    they can be exploited.

  26. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just like TNF v AZ, chasing a mobile QB is not an easy task for out DL.
    Play Dime and hope to keep Russ behind the sticks.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The big difference this year is Wilson doesn’t have his safety blanket Doug Baldwin who spent his career bailing out the Seahags by moving the chains.

  28. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Wilson is still very mobile but he’s nowhere near as fast as Murray. But he is a way better QB and it’s his arm that always killed us. I think we get em if we don’t make too many mistakes.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Enough cannot be said about Kittle’s TD on Thurs in which he wouldn’t be denied
    slapping away tacklers like flies on a bad knee.


  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Tampa Bay, you wankers. So close, yet you Effed up.

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Anyone can comment, using these highlights to put forth your case. We have a weakness at Will now. How to keep Wilson from capitalizing.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Ravens have an innovative and potent offense orchestrated by Greg Roman
    who was held in disdain when he was with the Niners as the OC because his offense wasn’t sexy enough because they didn’t air it out.

    To air it out you have to have a QB that can read defenses with arm talent which was lacking in the Niner QB stable.

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    First betting line from Vega$ has the Niners favored by 6.5 points over the Seahags. The first time Niners have been favored over Seattle since 2014.

    Pats behind in game with Ravens by 10 in 4th quarter. At end of tonight Niners could be only undefeated team in the NFL if that score holds.

  34. Charlie KruegerNo Gravatar says:

    Best record in the NFL.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Gase losing to his old team, the hapless Fins.
    The Jests will eject him and he’ll fall into the Norv Turner zone
    of being a good OC but lousy head coach.

    Saleh could be a hot commodity HC candidate if the Niner D keeps this up.

  36. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Here is SEA article that details what bullit mentioned 2 days ago about their sorry and expensive pass rush.


    Lots of passing yds and td’s for us next MNF. Expect game also to be best draw for ESPN MNF this year.

  37. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    SEA C Justin Britt has torn ACL and out for season, not officially on IR yet.

    The way to nullify Wilson and Lockett/DK Metcalf/Josh Gordon is pass rush. Get ahead early and open season on Wilson in the pocket. SEA fans need to seriously worry about Wilson’s health next Monday.

    Happy hunting boys!

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17