49ers come up short again in 18-15 OT loss to Cardinals

The people who are protesting (peacefully, as it is very important to keep in mind) do not do so out of malevolence for America, but rather out of a vision for her future – a vision where we are all afforded equal rights and no one faces discrimination because of the way they were born. However, in the National Football League you have to have a short memory and dwelling on previous weeks won’t do anything to increase your odds of winning the following week. The Cardinals placed Golden on injured reserve, making him the third starter this season to land on that list. Whichever team ends with better conversion percentage in this game, could easily find themselves as the victor.

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Needless to say, both teams enter today’s contest badly needing a victory. Hyde is averaging 5.2 yards a carry. It’s like a sibling rivalry, without any of the love. At least one Browns fan also raised his fist in the air while those next to him saluted or held their hands over their hearts. Could the struggling Arizona Cardinals be the opponent that gives it to them? Left guard Mike Iupati is on IR with a triceps injury.

– I was thinking John Brown’s two-toes-down OT catch in the end zone was going to be overturned.

Relying on their ferocious pass rush, San Francisco got into the Arizona backfield easily, laying blow after blow on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer every chance they got. There’s always the other side. Brian Hoyer threw for 332 yards and two TDs in his most effective game since joining San Francisco this offseason, teaming with Pierre Garcon for 142 of those yards. Brown has showed he is more than capable of being that weapon when healthy. The game tips off at 4:05 PM EST in University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.

“We ended up getting to the right spots, but we were a foot behind, and when you do that versus a good quarterback and especially (Fitzgerald) going down the seam, they made us pay”. Larry is that guy to the 9ers.

On the season, Palmer has 925 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions, while Fitzgerald is the top Arizona receiver with 34 targets, 22 receptions, 244 yards and a TD. Asked why he was blocking Thomas, Fitz just said, “I don’t ask those questions”. “My record is like.500 against them, though”, he said. Coming off a disappointing 2016 season, if Arizona accrues a few more losses in the upcoming weeks I wouldn’t be shocked if his seat start to get warm.

Fitzgerald’s touchdown was the first and only TD of the entire game. Arians has struggled throughout his tenure with game management, which was on full display last week-highlighted by an terrible challenge in the 4th quarter against Dallas.

There are no surprises among the 49ers’ seven inactive players, a group that include linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle) and safety Eric Reid (knee), who were ruled out. Expect Goff to have a hard time finding a rhythm, Elliot to eat up game clock and the Cowboys to level up the NFC West with three teams sitting at 2-2 after Week 4. And place-kicker Robbie Gould deserves an extra tip of the cap, bouncing back from a key missed extra point last week against the Rams to convert all five of his field goal tries.

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Whether the Cardinals can find a way to solve their protection problems long-term is yet to be determined, and the way Carson Palmer was whacked around much of Sunday was not what coach Bruce Arians wants to see. Knowing this, are the Cardinals inspired? Of the four major sports leagues, the owners of the NFL were highest donors and the most conservative of all team owners, but it is unsure whether or not the money translates to loyalty.

New Orleans Saints players kneel prior to the US anthem being played at Wembley