49ers 36, Cardinals 26

The 49ers squeezed out a win Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals, and guaranteed their first winning season since 2013.

Early in the game, however, it looked more like they would be the first team in NFL history to win its first eight games and then lose its last eight. It was life support time.

I was already composing their obituary six minutes into the second quarter, trailing 16-0 and getting thrashed, when suddenly Richie James took a simple little screen pass and roared 57 yards down to the Arizona eighteen yard line. A few plays later, Jimmy Garoppolo hit Ross Dwelley for a 4 yard TD.

From that point on, the  Niners outscored the Cardinals 30-10. Which is more what you’d expect from them. And it would have been more if Garoppolo hadn’t mixed in two red zone interceptions that killed two scoring opportunities and provoked two  cardiac arrests.

That’s three straight nail-biters and three straight games that the Niner running attack has been squashed. Opposing teams have evidently decided to force Garoppolo to beat them. He’s two for three and a missed FG from three for three. Sunday, he racked up 424 yards passing.

Deebo Samuel had another big game, catching 8 passes for 134 yards. That’s two straight games he’s been over a hundred yards in receiving. The Niners finally seem to have a bona fide number one WR.

He’s gotten his chance because Kyle Shanahan finally quit force feeding Dante Pettis, trying to get him to live up to his second round draft status. Yesterday, Pettis stood on the sideline the entire game and probably would have been inactive if there was any room on that list. With six injured starters plus third string QB CJ Beathard, there was no room for Pettis. He’ll get one last chance next year in Training Camp, but for now it looks like he’s done for the year.

The next three games are going to be tough. A litmus test on the season. At home against Green Bay, then road games in Baltimore and New Orleans. They probably need to win at least one of these games if anybody is going to take them seriously this year.

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24 comments on “49ers 36, Cardinals 26
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Was hoping that they would at least try for the win at the end and not settle for a FG which without Gould was not a sure thing.

    The risk was rewarded as Garoppolo threw a laser to Wilson with a blitzer in his face. Even though Suggs in coverage tripped and fell the pass was thrown under extreme pressure and was on target and it was a jog in TD for Wilson on his only touch of the game.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Next game against Packers might be the easiest simply because it’s a home game.

    Opening as a 3 point favorite because it’s home game it would be a huge boost to get Kittle and Breida back and a healthier Sanders.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skule playing LT yesterday held up well with his pass blocking and wasn’t noticeably beaten like Staley was the week before.
    Cards had two sacks yesterday even though the Niners dropped back to throw 45 passes and the Cards had the NFL sacks leader in Chandler Jones with 11 going into the game.

    Here are the 4 TD passes


  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Packers at home is going to be the easiest of the three.

    The Ravens in Baltimore, the way they’re playing with Lamar right now? That’s going to be *very* tough.

    Packers game is very nearly another *Must-Win*.

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Rams are in trouble if they don’t beat the Ravens on Monday night next week.

    Ravens play in LA on Monday night and then fly home on a short week to prep to play the Niners.

    Seattle plays @Philly then home with Vikes and @Rams so they have their own stretch of tough games and it might come down to Week 17 for who wins division and gets home field advantage.

    Packers have the easiest remaining schedule playing the Niners and Vikes and four bottom feeders so they seem to have a very easy road to home field advantage.

  6. WinderNo Gravatar says:

    Jimmy G is a gamer. but he does like to take his chances. With the key injuries we have it’s more or less that we are playing on fumes. This team doesn’t have any give up to em. We might not end up in the big show this year but I believe we will have a very strong team for the next few anyway.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    In the past I referenced an article that measured OL ability to sustain pass pro above 2.5 seconds. Are there any current stuff out there on our oline.

    Do any of our routes require more than 2.5 seconds. KS does mostly short and intermediate passes so we may not need longer?

    Clowney destroyed our mediocre pass pro. OL is our Achilles heel. By taking away the run DC’s will take the chance on our passing attack anchored by the mediocre pass pro.

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Exciting team. Just saw the game on gamepass.

    Lots of penalties, both teams. Especially Dickhead.

    Get used to it. DC’s force Jimmy to pass ups the hit, hurries, sack numbers. Our franchise QB taking punishment. Mediocre pass pro makes top draft priority OL. Unless some very good IOL in FA. Read somewhere that Skule was getting help all through the game in pass pro. Even then pressure on all game from a so so ARI front seven.

    Saw towards end 8 hits, 11 hurries, 2 sacks on the guy with 137 mil contract.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Bottom five offensive grades

    McGlinchey 58.0

    Goodwin 56.2

    Mostert 51.0

    Skule 43.2

    Tomlinson 35.2

    Three starting linemen in the bottom five may explain the running game struggles. McGlinchey’s struggles continue this season, as he allowed six pressures. Skule versus Chandler Jones didn’t have much of a chance. It got so bad, at one point the 49ers had to triple-team Jones. Skule allowed eight pressures, while Tomlinson allowed four.


  10. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Talk about stupid.

    Fox Sports’ Andy Slater reports Mark Walton was arrested Tuesday morning.
    Walton is accused of punching his five-week pregnant girlfriend “several times in the face and head” 24 hours after discovering he was the father. He was arrested Tuesday morning in South Florida and promptly waived by the Dolphins. It’s Walton’s fourth arrest in the past year following his three violations this offseason. It would obviously spell the end of Walton’s career if the allegations are proved to be true.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    After the Ravens game the Niners will not come back to the Bay Area but instead stay in Florida for the week practicing for the Aints.

  12. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Time to give Richie James more targets at WR.
    He’s been a solid PR and he’s electrified the offense with two spectacular plays and energized the team when they’ve been lethargic.
    He’s outplayed Goodwin and Pettis which hasn’t been hard to do.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    “Are the Smith Bros the 2 x Clowney. Will Jimmy be seeing double on Sunday.”

    Seems you are dazzled by hype and shiny objects.

    The facts are:

    Seahags have sacked QBs 20 times whereas Russell Wilson has been sacked 29 times.

    Packers have 25 team sacks and Rodgers has gone down 22 times

    Would it surprise you that the Niners have 39 sacks so far and Garoppolo has only been sacked 19 times?

    You are praising and hyping these teams when in fact the Niners have outperformed these opponents.

    In short you are not giving the Niners enough credit but you have indicated you have jumped ship so that’s understandable.

    Did you know the Packers are ranked 28th in defense in the NFL?
    The Niners are ranked 2nd.

    One more fact Garoppolo has thrown one more TD pass than Rodgers.

    This has been an unexpected season for the Niners. The sky is not falling so I’m enjoying these victories and you can be Debby Downer.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Have not jumped ship, just not a homer anymore.

    Barely beat the Cardinals on basis of score, twice. ARI has at best an average front 7.

    I put out informative articles on the other side. GB, BAL, NO, SEA can beat us. But you stated Clowney only had 2 sacks and Ansah 1. No worries then on SEA pass rush.

    Stats need to be put in context. Those four look to be tough games. ATL beat NO.

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    A W in this league is what gets measured.
    None are given free of charge. I take them however I get them.
    I’ll agree with several here that this team has shown plenty of fight which is what separates the classes.
    See where this goes relative to who stays healthy and keeps the team intact.

  16. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Mark left unmistakable marks. Another dimwit bites the dust.

    Now it’s his turn to become a statistic.

  17. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    Don’t know much about team. GB fully healthy and we are banged up. GB will attack us at our weak point, the run D.

    Matchups to watch. Smith Bros versus our OL, especially OT. Both have good pass rush win rates.

    HC Matt Lafleur a disciple of KS. Do they do OZ now or power gap between tackles.

    Most important gauge on us is the last 3 games, not season statistics.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Breida, Kittle back along with Juice can bring back our running game. Still tough running against 8 in the box on 1st down.


    Staley out so OZ may be out?

  19. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Seem like lots of dueling with DC’s and OC’s going on. Changing it up series to series, play to play even.

    With all the injuries on O just getting stuck playing the weak hand. OT and C very important for OZ and all need to be healthy and playing their A game. Body count started first ARI game. May need to do pass game ball control unless all three are back.

    Receivers need to recognize zone and alter patterns accordingly. Nice to see Witherspoon take over from injured Mosely. At least D has depth.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Every team has weaknesses. In the Cap Era, it’s just not possible to build a 1970s Pittsburgh or 1980s 49ers franchise.

    Our weakness is O-line. With honorable mention for WR, though if Sanders and Deebo can both get healthy, that’s not as glaring. Our offensive schemes can do a lot to compensate for the line, when Kittle and Company are healthy.

    We can try to fill those holes this off-season but given the realities of the cap, we’ll just find more holes next year.

    All you do is play the hand you have, and hope the injury fairy does not move in and set up residence.

    At least we’re not down in the Deepest Pit of Despair. (2017… 2005… 1978.) At least we’ve got a real shot at making some noise in the playoffs. I’ll take this year, with our weaknesses, every year.

  21. 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