GALLERY: 49ers go wire-to-wire, can't overcome Cardinals
In Week 3, the 49ers were destroyed by the Cardinals 47-7. Now, with Blaine Gabbert under center, San Francisco looks to take down Arizona and grab a division win at Levi's Stadium, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015.
The 49ers shutdown the Cardinals on Arizona's first drive of the game. Then, they gave the ball right back to them. Bruce Ellington fumbled his first punt return of the game, setting the Cardinals up for their first score.
Cards strike first
After a muffed punt from 49ers return man Bruce Ellington, the Cardinals looked to take advantage for six points. Instead, they came up with three. Chandler Catanzaro nailed a 26-yard field goal to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. He also made a 41-yarder in the second quarter.
Honey Badger strikes again
The first time the 49ers played the Cardinals this season, Tyrann Mathieu had two interceptions, and returned one for a touchdown. In the first half Sunday, he made his presence felt again. Blaine Gabbert tried to beat him with a deep corner, but it was under-thrown and Mathieu leaped for his fourth interception of the year.
Celek carted off
While blocking downfield for running back Shaun Draughn, 49ers tight end Garrett Celek rolled his ankle when going to the ground. Celek had to be carted off the field and was later ruled out for the game.
With time ticking down in the first half, Phil Dawson came through in the clutch once again. Dawson booted a 53-yard field goal, making the score 6-3 in favor of the Cardinals going into halftime.
The Cardinals came out of halftime ready to roll. After a deep pass to John Brown, Arizona had multiple chances to score on a plethora of 49er penalties. The Cardinals had nine snaps within the five yard line, including four fouls from the 49ers, before running back David Johnson waltzed into the end zone, making it 13-3 Cardinals.
Down 10 points, Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers drove 77 yards to cut the lead in the third quarter. Tight end Vance McDonald hauled in an eight-yard touchdown, making it 13-10 Cardinals.
All tied up
Phil Dawson did it again for the 49ers in the third quarter. The always reliable right foot of Dawson hit a 33-yard field goal through the uprights, putting the score at 13-13.
Carson caps it off
Not know for his running ability, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer ran in an eight-yard touchdown with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Arizona a 19-13 lead. Blaine Gabbert led the 49ers down the field in a comeback attempt, but came up short. The 49ers fell to 3-8 on the season.