San Francisco 49ers crush Arizona Cardinals to a 24-3 defeat on the road
The San Francisco 49ers showcased their power by thrashing the Arizona Cardinals 24-3 on the road on Monday night. With this victory the San Francisco 49ers have stretched their lead at the top of the NFC West to two games.
The San Francisco 49ers (6-2) and the Arizona Cardinals (4-4) can boast about stout defenses, yet Jim Harbaugh and Co. were the dominant side in the night. The San Francisco 49ers restricted the Arizona Cardinals to just seven rushing yards and handed them their fourth straight defeat.
San Francisco 49ers first-choice quarterback Alex Smith produced a comeback performance after throwing four interceptions in the previous two games. Alex Smith passed for three touchdowns and without a turnover. The 28-year-old completed 18 of his 19 passes for 232 yards.
“He was on fire,” the San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said in an interview after the game. “We were running the ball extremely hard and physical. (Receivers) Michael Crabtree and Randy (Moss) had some great runs after the catch.”
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree grabbed a pair of touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers in the first half to bring their lead to 17-0. Wide receiver Randy Moss’ 47-yard reception in the third quarter killed all hopes of victory for the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback John Skeleton got sacked four times. Arizona Cardinals’ coach Ken Whisenhunt should start working on his side’s running game.
“It was a big test for us tonight and everyone saw how it went,” Ken Whisenhunt said. “It was disappointing to say the least. We have things to fix and we have the guys to do it. We're going to go back to work.”
Surprisingly, Arizona Cardinals made a brilliant start to the season with four consecutive victories, but now they mourning their fourth consecutive defeat. An injury crisis is only partly to blame for their defeats.
Quarterback John Skeleton went down in the season opener, while Arizona Cardinals second-choice for the quarterback position Kevin Kolb got injured two weeks ago. Arizona Cardinals’ inconsistency in the offense has created a lot of instability in the team.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald suffered a head injury in the first half of the game, but he returned to the game after passing a concussion test. John Skeleton was unimpressive yet again. The 24-year-old threw for 290 yards and completed only 32 of his 52 passes.