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Three things to know from 49ers' 18-15 loss to Cardinals in OT

Three things to know from 49ers' 18-15 loss to Cardinals in OT

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 18-15 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 4 on Sunday:

1. The passing game is substandard
Quarterback Brian Hoyer and Co. are just not cutting it.

Coach Kyle Shanahan is known as an offensive guru, but the 49ers have been held without a touchdown in three of their four games. Hoyer was not the team’s only offensive player who had a bad game, but his poor performance was the most glaring.

Hoyer completed 24 of 49 pass attempts for 234 yards with an interception. He was also sacked three times. Hoyer was off-target on many of his throws. On others, it appeared he was not on the same page with his wide receivers.

Also, wide receiver Aldrick Robinson and tight end George Kittle had crucial dropped passes.

“You got to throw and catch better,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “To me, it’s as simple as that. At least it was in this game from what I saw. When guys are open and you have the time, you have to hit them. And when he does hit you, you have to catch it. I know nobody’s perfect, but there was way too much of that between both positions today.”

2. Cannot close the deal
The 49ers lost their third consecutive game to an NFC West team, and it should come as absolutely no consolation that the 49ers have lost to Seattle, the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona by a combined eight points.

This is a team that does not know how to win. At this stage, they are good enough to just barely lose.

The 49ers had a chance to close the deal in overtime when the offense had a first-and-goal at the Arizona 8-yard line. A touchdown would have ended the game. But Carlos Hyde was stopped for a 4-yard loss on first down. He gained 7 yards on second down. On third and goal from the 5, Hoyer threw incomplete.

Robbie Gould kicked his fifth field goal of the game, giving the 49ers a 15-12 lead and leaving the Cardinals with just 2 minutes, 24 seconds to respond. That was more than enough for Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald.

The 49ers had a strong defensive effort throughout, but they could not stop the Cardinals one last time. Palmer and Fitzgerald teamed up for a 19-yard touchdown pass for the winning points with :32 remaining in overtime.

For the third game in a row, the 49ers have not been able to come up with the big play at the right time. The Cardinals’ veteran offensive playmakers took full advantage of their final chance.

3. No time to sulk
There were more than a few choice words being uttered as the 49ers came off the field and entered their locker room following Sunday’s game.

The defense showed a lot of signs of rounding into a strong unit. But the offense is bound to be at the top of general manager John Lynch’s list to experience an infusion of talent next offseason.

Shanahan and Lynch are under six-year contracts. Each player knows if he does not work hard and improve throughout this season, he will probably not be back next season.

Veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman said he emphasized the point to his younger teammates that the team has to continue to work hard not let the frustration of the past three games carry over to next week’s preparation for the game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“It’s human nature. I’ve seen it, guys lose a couple of games and can’t get it turned around,” Bowman said. “I just want to stress that we have to stay together as a team and remember the work we put in together. We’ll get it turned around.”

Instant Analysis: 49ers stunned by Cardinals in OT, fall to 0-4

Instant Analysis: 49ers stunned by Cardinals in OT, fall to 0-4

BOX SCORE

GLENDALE, Ariz. – One week after falling short in an offensive shootout, the 49ers settled into a kickers’ duel on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and old friend Phil Dawson.

But, in the end, the best player on the field came up with the best play of the day.

Future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made a leaping touchdown catch between two 49ers defenders for the walk-off touchdown -- the only points scored by a non-kicker -- to send the 49ers to a disheartening 18-15 loss in overtime.

The 49ers fall to 0-4 in coach Kyle Shanahan's first season.

Robbie Gould kicked his fifth field goal of the game to cap a 49ers drive of 7 minutes, 26 seconds, giving the 49ers a 15-12 lead in the extra period. The Cardinals got their chance to respond in the 10-minute overtime period. Fitzgerald made the touchdown catch to beat the coverage of Rashard Robinson and Jimmie Ward to haul in the 19-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer for the winning points with 32 seconds remaining in overtime.

Gould, who replaced Dawson this season, made field goals of 49, 39, 47, 48 and 32 yards to run his streak of consecutive made field goals to 28 dating back to the 2015 season.

Dawson’s made field goals came from 29, 43, 50 and 32 yards.

The matchup was the third NFC West game in three weeks for the 49ers, who lost to the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams in back-to-back weeks by a combined five points. The 49ers, who did not score any touchdowns in the first two games of the season, fell short in a 41-39 loss to the Rams in Week 3.

But the 49ers could not ride that offensive momentum against the Cardinals. The offense sputtered for most of the game, as the 49ers began a three-game swing of road games. The team travels to Indianapolis next week before going to Washington for an Oct. 15 game.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer and the 49ers’ offense struggled to string plays together. He took some hits, had some miscommunications with his receivers and was off the mark on some of his attempts. He completed 24 of 49 passes for 234 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Running back Carlos Hyde, who entered the game as the NFL’s third-leading rusher, finished with 68 yards on 16 rushing attempts.

Palmer took his share of hits, too. Arizona had to piece things together on the left side of its offensive line with injuries to left tackle D.J. Humphries and guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone.

Palmer completed 33 of 51 pass attempts for 357 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Fitzgerald was held in check for most of the game. He caught just four passes for 32 yards, but his touchdown reception was the difference. Fitzgerald has caught 17 touchdown passes against the 49ers in his career.

INJURY REPORT
Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin left the game in the first half with head and eye injuries and was later diagnosed with a concussion. It is particularly bothersome because Goodwin was twice diagnosed with concussions last season while with the Buffalo Bills.

Rookie safety and core special-teams player Adrian Colbert sustained a hamstring injury in the second quarter and was ruled out for the game.

Linebacker Dekoda Watson left the game with a groin injury in the second half and did not return.

BETHEA PICKS OFF HOYER
Former 49ers safety Antoine Bethea intercepted the 20th pass of his career, and few were probably as easy as the gift he received late in the first half.

Receiver Trent Taylor went to the ground on an out-breaking route, as Hoyer lofted a gentle pass down the field. Bethea made the easy interception and returned it 16 yards. Shanahan argued vehemently that Taylor went down due to illegal contact.

The play set up Dawson’s 43-yard field goal to pull the Cardinals even at 6-6 with 1:29 remaining in the first half.

Bethea intercepted five passes during his three seasons with the 49ers. He signed with the Cardinals after the 49ers released him in March.

THIS ‘N’ THAT
--Pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil recorded two of the 49ers' six sacks to eclipse the 100-sack mark for his career. Dumervil now has 101 sacks.

--Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas recorded the first sack of his career. Thomas threw Palmer for a 2-yard loss on a third-and-10 play to force a Cardinals punt late in the first half. Thomas was the No. 3 overall selection in the draft.

--The 49ers thwarted the Cardinals’ opening-drive scoring chance when linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong intercepted a Palmer pass that originally deflected off the hands of 49ers cornerback Rashard Robinson. Armstrong led the 49ers with 10 tackles. He also recorded a sack.

--Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who defensive coordinator Robert Saleh predicted would break through in the sack column, recorded his first sack of the season, too.

--Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard made his NFL debut in the third quarter. He entered the game for one play when Hoyer left after taking a big hit. Beathard handed off to Hyde, who gained 15 yards on the play. Hoyer returned for the next snap.

--Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner was honored at halftime. He concluded his remarks, saying it’s appropriate that he’s being honored in a game in which the Cardinals are facing the 49ers because no other team is as responsible for him earning this honor. Warner threw for 3,807 yards and 24 touchdowns in 14 career games against the 49ers.

Cardinals' Iupati, Boone out for Sunday's game vs. 49ers

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Cardinals' Iupati, Boone out for Sunday's game vs. 49ers

Former 49ers offensive guards Mike Iupati and Alex Boone have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against their old team, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told the Arizona media on Friday.

The 49ers (0-3) play the Cardinals (1-2) on Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. Iupati will undergo surgery on his elbow and will be placed on injured reserve, Arians said. Boone is expected to miss a couple of weeks with a pectoral injury.

Iupati started the Cardinals’ season opener at left guard. Boone took over at left guard after Iupati’s injury and started the past two games.