NFL Game Summary - San Francisco at Arizona|
(Monday, October 29th)
Final Score: San Francisco 24, Arizona 3
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Alex Smith was nearly flawless on Monday
night, as he had three touchdown passes to lead the San Francisco 49ers to
a 24-3 beating of the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West battle.
Smith had just one incompletion as he went 18-for-19 for 232 yards. He set an
NFL record for the most completions with just one incompletion in a single
Michael Crabtree caught five passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns while
Randy Moss also had a touchdown catch for the 49ers (6-2), who have won their
past two and hold a two-game lead for the top spot in the NFC West.
John Skelton, making his second straight start in place of an injured Kevin
Kolb, went 32-for-52 for 290 yards with an interception for the Cardinals
(4-4), who have dropped four straight since opening the season with four
"This was a big test for us tonight and everyone saw what happened," said
Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt. "We didn't get the job done and we have to
get this fixed. We have the guys to do it, so we're going to put this behind
us and come back out for practice on Wednesday and get ready for our next
After an exchange of punts to start the game, San Francisco went on a lengthy
drive to take the lead.
Starting at their 23, the 49ers marched across midfield before a 17-yard run
from Frank Gore put the ball at the Arizona 25. Following an offensive holding
call, Kendall Hunter rushed for five yards and Delanie Walker caught a pass
for 23 yards down to the Arizona 7-yard line.
Three plays later, Smith snapped a quick, high pass to the right where
Crabtree made a leaping catch for a 3-yard score and a 7-0 lead with 1:53 to
play in the first quarter.
"We've been working so hard to be a threat in the red zone in practice the
past couple of weeks," said Crabtree. "You don't get in there all that often
so you have to take advantage. It's so important in the game and every game is
so important, so you want to score when you get down there."
The 49ers added to their lead in the second quarter after starting a drive
near midfield. On second down at the Arizona 39, Smith was sacked for an 8-
yard loss to move the ball out of field goal range. However, Crabtree followed
with a 22-yard catch and although he didn't move the chains, he did give David
Akers a chance at a 43-yard field goal which he made for a 10-0 advantage with
5:58 to play in the first half.
Following another three-and-out from Arizona, San Francisco got the ball back
at its own 32 with 4:27 to play before intermission. That was plenty of time
for Smith to go to work as he continued his crisp passing to get the team into
On 3rd-and-goal at the 9-yard line, he hit Crabtree near the Arizona seven and
the wideout took it in to give the team a 17-0 lead going into the break.
Smith finished the first half a blistering 14-for-15 with 146 yards and two
The 49ers kept rolling in the second half, as they put more points on the
board on their first touch. Starting at their own 20, a 30-yard catch-and-run
from Crabtree got the ball past midfield. Three plays later, Smith hit Moss
near the 40, and he made a move to get past two defenders before racing into
the end zone for a 47-yard score and a 24-0 lead with 7:27 left in the third
Arizona came back with its first successful scoring drive of the game, a 14-
play march that saw the team convert a fourth down, but ultimately stalled and
concluded with a 28-yard field goal from Jay Feely that made it a 24-3 game
with 57 seconds left in the third.
The fourth quarter saw nothing but punts, as Arizona was unable to move the
ball and the 49ers went to their run game to kill as much of the clock as
Arizona plays in Green Bay next Sunday ... San Francisco is off next week and
will return to play the following Sunday with a home game against St. Louis
... San Francisco has won six of the last seven games against Arizona and
leads the series, 25-17 ... Arizona had just seven yards rushing in the game.
It was the lowest for the team in one game since 1953 ... Andre Roberts led
Cardinals receivers with seven catches for 65 yards ... Gore finished the game
with 55 yards on 16 carries ... It was the fourth time in the past five weeks
that the 49ers had not given up a touchdown in a game ... Moss has 155
touchdowns in his career and is just one away from tying Terrell Owens for
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