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Week 10 Game Recap: San Francisco 49ers 24, Arizona Cardinals 29
What you need to know
|San Francisco 49ers|
QB Shaun Hill looked decent on the night, making a lot of good decisions early in the game. However he did break down and threw four interceptions (two were called back on penalties) and lost a fumble in the second half. He was able to avoid pressure and get rid of the ball when nothing was available as it seemed like the Cardinals were all over the 49ers' receivers all night.
RB Frank Gore put forth a solid effort, but failed to get into the end zone. He was unable to cross the goalline on his one goalline run, but his number was called often by Mike Martz. He ran the ball 23 times, however Michael Robinson got the last carry of the game as the time ticked off the clock and failed to get into the end zone from the one yard line to secure the victory for the 49ers.
WR Jason Hill had a big game, catching seven balls for 84 yards. He was Shaun Hill's favorite target late in the game. Isaac Bruce struggled to get separation and only caught one of the eight balls thrown his way. Josh Morgan and Vernon Davis both caught impressive touchdowns. Davis did have an unsportsmanlike for taking his helmet off after his though, and that was his only catch.
QB Kurt Warner tore apart the 49ers, throwing for 328 yards and three touchdowns. He made no real mistakes on the night and was moving around the pocket nicely to buy some extra time. He was extremely accurate and looked like a premier quarterback, albeit it being against the 49ers.
RB Tim Hightower started again, but failed to impress. He could not get anything going and ended the game with only 22 yards on the night. He was involved in the passing game though, catching six passes from the backfield for 38 yards.
WR Anquan Boldin proved once again that he can find the end zone with the best of them, sneaking in twice inside the red zone. Larry Fitzgerald also found the end zone, but could not get much going downfield as he was mainly utilized as a short yardage receiver. Steve Breaston also looked very good early on, benefiting from the defense focusing on Boldin and Fitzgerald.
What you ought to know
|QB Shaun Hill, Pass: 19 - 40 - 217 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 12 - 0|
Hill started the game off extremely well and it looked like he was going to continue his success. However, in the second half he forced a couple of balls in that got intercepted, including two that were returned for touchdowns but called back for encroachment penalties. He likely noticed the encroachment and tried to make something happen, but failed. He was very good at moving around the pocket and showed great heart out there -- particularly on a run where he fought through three defenders for three extra yards to get a first down while losing his helmet.
|RB Frank Gore, Rush: 23 - 99 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (6 targets)|
Gore had success running the ball and Mike Martz gave him the ball 23 times out of the backfield. However, they did not give him the ball on the last play where they ran Michael Robinson up the middle from the one yard line. He also dropped two easy passes that were thrown his way, not including one that he intentionally dropped behind the line of scrimmage.
|RB Michael Robinson, Rush: 3 - 8 - 0|
Robinson lined up in the wildcat formation a few times. He ran the ball three of the four times, the other being a direct snap to Frank Gore. Robinson surprisingly got a call on the goal line with no time left on the clock and failed to get into the end zone.
|WR Jason Hill, Rec: 7 - 84 - 0 (10 targets)|
Hill was a surprise for the 49ers, coming in and catching seven balls to lead the team with 84 yards receiving. He showed up big late in the game and seemed to have good chemistry with Shaun Hill, catching three straight balls on the final drive. He broke a tackle on the that drive of the game for the 49ers to gain 14 yards and end up at the one yard line.
|WR Josh Morgan, Rec: 4 - 54 - 1 (8 targets)|
Morgan had a good game, bringing in four catches for 54 yards. One of those catches was a very good catch down the sideline for a touchdown where the Cardinals defender was called for pass interference but Morgan brought it in anyways.
|WR Bryant Johnson, Rec: 3 - 17 - 0 (4 targets)|
Bryant Johnson had a fairly quiet game, catching three balls for 24 yards. He only garnered four targets from Shaun Hill while the other three receivers were targeted 26 times.
|WR Isaac Bruce, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (8 targets)|
Bruce had a tough night shaking the Arizona secondary. He only caught one of his eight targets and two of the balls thrown his way were intercepted. He garnered no respect from the Cardinals and it showed on the stat sheet as he could not make them pay for it.
|WR Dominique Zeigler, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (1 targets)|
Zeigler saw one target and brought it in for a 22 yard gain. He was not involved in the offense.
|TE Vernon Davis, Rec: 1 - 18 - 1 (3 targets)|
Davis continues to be an enigma for the 49ers. On his touchdown catch he made a brilliant play by jumping and grabbing the ball from the other side of the defense on what looked to be an interception. However, he was called for unsportsmanlike conduct when he took his helmet off. He also failed to bring in the other two targets he received, ending the night with only one catch for 18 yards and a touchdown.
|TE Delanie Walker, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (1 targets)|
Walker was not involved in the passing game and caught the only ball thrown his way for a four yard gain.
|PK Joe Nedney 1 - 1 FG, 3 - 3 XP, 6 points|
Nedney was perfect, making his only field goal attempt and all three extra points.
|SF Rush Defense|
The 49ers stopped Tim Hightower from running the ball, only allowing 22 yards on 13 carries. They were not moved around by the Cardinals' offensive line and there were seldom any holes.
|SF Pass Defense|
The pass defense struggled against the powerful Cardinals passing attack. They allowed 328 yards, 3 touchdowns, and failed to force a turnover all night. They had a tough time matching up with all three guys and Warner picked apart their defense all night, completing 76% of his passes.
|QB Kurt Warner, Pass: 32 - 42 - 328 - 3 TD / 0 INT|
Warner had an excellent night. He was moving around the pocket to buy a couple of extra seconds and proved he is still accurate as ever -- completing 76% of his passes. He spread the ball around and seemed to exploit the same match-up over and over on particular drives, leading to a string of targets for each of the big receivers.
|RB Tim Hightower, Rush: 13 - 22 - 0, Rec: 6 - 28 - 0 (8 targets)|
Hightower did no have success running the ball, often getting hit behind the line of scrimmage and rarely making people miss. Not counting his long run of 12 yards, he rushed for ten yards on 12 carries. On a bright note he did catch six balls for 28 yards and did show the ability to get around people in the open field a couple of times.
|RB Edgerrin James, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0|
James saw only two carries and was not involved in the passing game at all.
|RB J.J. Arrington, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0|
Arrington ran the ball once and was uninvolved in the offense.
|WR Anquan Boldin, Rush: 3 - 19 - 0, Rec: 7 - 92 - 2 (12 targets)|
Boldin had a huge game, catching seven balls for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He has a knack of working his way into the end zone when catching balls in the red zone -- both of his touchdowns were from within the 20. He was utilized in different ways also, running the ball three times -- including once from the wildcat formation.
|WR Larry Fitzgerald, Rec: 8 - 49 - 1 (11 targets)|
Fitzgerald had a very solid game, but was rarely utilized downfield. His long catch on the night was nine yards. As usual, Fitzgerald drew a lot of attention throughout the game, but he was able to escape the coverage for a touchdown that Warner called an audible on specifically because he saw Fitzgerald was getting single coverage close to the goalline.
|WR Steve Breaston, Rec: 7 - 121 - 0 (8 targets)|
Breaston was targeted early and often when the 49ers were focusing on Fitzgerald and Boldin. He caught seven of the eight balls thrown his way for 121 yards including a beautiful deep catch for 46 yards. Kurt Warner seemed to target him to soften the coverage for the other receivers, and Breaston proved he could handle the load and soften the secondary.
|WR Jerheme Urban, Rec: 4 - 38 - 0 (5 targets)|
Urban had a solid game, working across the middle of the field and bringing in four catches for 38 yards.
|PK Neil Rackers 3 - 3 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 11 points|
Rackers made three short field goals and both of his extra points. All of his kicks looked well kicked and accurate.
|ARI Rush Defense|
The Cardinals did a solid job against Frank Gore and the 49ers' rushing attack. They allowed 99 yards to Gore on 23 carries, one of those being a 20 yard gain. They did not cave in the red zone and made the 49ers work for their yards through the air for the most part.
|ARI Pass Defense|
The pass defense played well, but also made a lot of mistakes. Most of these mistakes were in the form of penalties, as they had two interceptions called back that were returned for touchdowns. They did not get any sacks on Shaun Hill but they did pressure him often. They had solid coverage through the game and ended up with two interceptions and a forced fumble off of Shaun Hill.