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NFL Week 9: Cardinals vs. 49ers live updates

Rohan Chakravarthi
Nov 7, 2021 at 1:35 PM--

4th Quarter

GAME ALERT: The Colt McCoy-led Arizona Cardinals beat the 49ers 31-17 to cap off a disappointing defensive performance, putting the 49ers at 3-5 on the season.

TURNOVER ALERT: To essentially cap off this game, Jimmy Garoppolo throws an interception to Budda Baker on a throw intended for Deebo Samuel, giving Arizona the ball up two scores.

After burning 4:51 off the clock, the Cardinals are finally forced to punt, as the 49ers take over with 3:32 remaining in the 4th quarter, down 31-17.

SCORE ALERT: After Tom Compton blows another pass-protection rep, forcing a 49ers 4th down, Robbie Gould connects with a 26-yard field goal, cutting the Arizona lead to 31-17.

With that completion to Elijah Mitchell, Jimmy Garoppolo has passed 300 yards for the second straight week.

After forcing a 3 & out, Brandon Aiyuk comes up big for the 49ers with a 27-yard return, setting up the offense at the ARI 36.

On 4th & 13 at the ARI 39, the 49ers elect to punt despite the positive field position, and Arizona retains possession up 17. The decision makes the choice to kick an XP rather a 2-point conversion attempt even more confusing after the last TD for SF.

Tom Compton has been abysmal with his performance Sunday, giving up two sacks, and being the reason for that last Markus Golden sack on Jimmy Garoppolo.

3rd Quarter

QUARTER ALERT: At the end of the 3rd quarter, Arizona leads San Francisco 31-14, with the 49ers having the ball on 3rd & 3 at the ARI 46.

Deebo Samuel sparks the offense for a second straight week off of a screen pass, going for 32 yards to the SF 47, with 35 yards after the catch.

San Francisco is finally able to force a punt as Zach Ertz drops the pass from Colt McCoy on an out-route, as San Francisco retains the football down 31-14 with just over a minute left in the 3rd quarter.

On 3rd & 4 at the ARI 15, Colt McCoy evades multiple 49er defenders and rushes himself for 7 yards and an Arizona 1st down.

TOUCHDOWN ALERT: Brandon Aiyuk makes a big-time catch over multiple defenders for the 11-yard touchdown catch, bringing the 49ers to within three scores, with the Cardinals now leading 31-14.

Jimmy Garoppolo delivers a beautiful throw to George Kittle, who makes an impressive 29-yard catch to set up 1st & Goal down 31-7.

TOUCHDOWN ALERT: The Cardinals continue to dominate, as Eno Benjamin trucks Dre Kirkpatrick for a 21-yard touchdown score. The Cardinals now lead 31-7 in the 3rd quarter.

James Conner bursts through tackles again, gaining 35 yards to the SF 36 on the first play of the drive. The 49ers have not been able to adjust to Arizona's short game.

On 3rd down, Jimmy Garoppolo sails a pass to Mohammed Sanu, who lands awkwardly, and the 49ers are forced to punt down 24-7.

Daniel Brunskill loses Jordan Phillips almost immediately, as the defensive tackle easily sacks Jimmy Garoppolo to set up another 3rd & long.

TOUCHDOWN ALERT: Colt McCoy finds James Conner on a screen-play, and the running back dices through the 49ers defense, going untouched for a 45-yard touchdown, giving the Cardinals a 24-7 lead.

The Arizona Cardinals will start the 2nd half with the ball as they're up 17-7. Colt McCoy had an impressive first half, going 12/15 for 145 yards.

2nd Quarter

TOUCHDOWN ALERT: Jimmy Garoppolo gives George Kittle a jump-ball, and #85 delivers yet again, leaping for the ball, and cutting Arizona's lead to 17-7.

During a promising 49ers drive, Jimmy Garoppolo delivers on 3rd & 11 at the ARI 24 for a 16-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk, who corrals the ball in despite a thunderous hit from CB Byron Murphy Jr.

SCORE ALERT: Following Brandon Aiyuk's fumble, Arizona caps their drive with a Matt Prater field goal to now lead 7-0 with under 5 minutes left in the half.

After the 49ers force a fourth down, Josh Norman inexplicably barks at Kliff Kingsbury, giving Arizona a free set of downs, since the Kingsbury penalty was assessed after the play.

After a great play by Emmanuel Moseley, Arik Amstead gets to the quarterback again for a 4-yard sack, setting up 3rd & long for the Cardinals deep in 49er territory.

Colt McCoy delivers a beautiful 50-yard pass to Christian Kirk, as Arizona continues to kill the 49ers on both sides of the ball.

On 1st down, Jimmy Garoppolo finds Brandon Aiyuk, who gets up, but fumbles the football at the ARI 8, as the 49ers turn the ball over yet again. Arizona leads 14-0 and is getting the ball back.

After the Mitchell first down, Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle catch consecutive 1st downs to keep the 49ers moving to the ARI 30.

Finally running to the left side of the field, Elijah Mitchell barrels through for 11 yards and another 1st down.

The 49ers are bailed out on 3rd down by a holding penalty against Arizona, giving them a free set of downs at their own 34-yard line.

1st Quarter

TOUCHDOWN ALERT: James Conner gets his second touchdown of the game, rushing in for a 1-yard score, giving the Cardinals a 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter.

The Cardinals design a trick play as Christian Kirk delivers a 33-yard pass to Antoine Wesley for a huge completion to the SF 1.

On 3rd & 9, Arik Armstead sacks Colt McCoy for a 9-yard loss, but a very controversial face-mask call gives the Cardinals life with a 1st & 10 at the SF 34.

On 3rd & 18, Azeez Al-Shaair misses a tackle on James Connor, and Connor's able to turn upfield for 21 yards and a 1st down.

Another drive, another punt for San Francisco. This time, an Elijah Mitchell stuffed run, Deebo Samuel drop, and a Jimmy Garoppolo throw away lead to another SF punt, and Arizona will take over up 7-0 with 4:38 remaining in the 1st quarter.

To start their third drive, Jimmy Garoppolo finds Deebo Samuel over the middle for a 16-yard completion.

TOUCHDOWN ALERT: James Connor rushes in for a 13-yard touchdown, going untouched into the endzone, giving Arizona a 7-0 lead.

After forcing a punt, the 49ers turn the ball over on the first play, as George Kittle fumbles the football after an 18-yard catch, giving Arizona great field position.

On the 1st drive of the game, the 49ers get two first downs, with George Kittle getting in on the action early with a 19-yard pass, but can't gain traction afterwards, as they're forced to punt after crossing midfield.


George Kittle, Robbie Gould, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Elijah Mitchell are all healthy for Sunday's matchup, giving the 49ers nearly full strength on offense against an injury-ravaged Cardinals team without Murray or Hopkins.

With Jeff Wilson Jr. coming back off the PUP, or physically unable to play list, it was expected that Sermon would be the inactive running back as long as Elijah Mitchell was healthy enough to play. The 49ers now sport Mitchell, Wilson Jr., and JaMycal Hasty as their three gameday running backs.

Here's the full list of San Francisco 49ers inactives: DB Jimmie Ward, DL Maurice Hurst, OL Aaron Banks, DB Deommodore Lenoir, RB Trey Sermon, DL Charles Omenihu, and WR Travis Benjamin.

Here's the full list of Arizona Cardinals inactives: QB Kyler Murray, WR DeAndre Hopkins, CB Kevin Peterson, RB Jonathan Ward, and DB James Wiggins.

After a week full of speculation, Ian Rapaport of NFL Network confirms that both QB Kyler Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins will not play in Sunday's game, as Arizona's officially listed them both as inactives for the Week 9 matchup.

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