Game Day: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Nov 28, 2015 at 9:00 PM--


On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers (3-7) will host the Arizona Cardinals (8-2) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Cardinals are coming off of a 34-31 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 49ers are coming off of a 29-13 defeat against the Seattle Seahawks.


The last time the 49ers and Cardinals met, a September 27 matchup in Glendale, Arizona, the 49ers gave up 446 net yards of total offense and 47 points. It was the third most yards that the 49ers have given up this season (Seahawks, Giants, Steelers). The 49ers look to split the season series with the Cardinals for the second consecutive season. The 49ers have won each of the team's last six home match-ups against the Cardinals and seven of the last eight at home.

49ers QB Blaine Gabbert looks to continue to prove his doubters wrong with a solid showing against Arizona. Against the Seahawks in Seattle, Gabbert found TE Vance McDonald for a 19-yard touchdown, which marked McDonald's first career touchdown reception. The play capped off a nine-play 92-yard drive in the final two minutes of the first half. Gabbert finished the game with 98.2 passer rating.

49ers Blaine Gabbert finds Vance McDonald for TD

According to Pro Football Focus, Gabbert has been sacked only 7.4 percent of the time while under pressure compared to former starting QB Colin Kaepernick, who was sacked 24.1 percent of the time. Gabber's completion percentage while under pressure has been 65 percent compared to Kaepernick's 35.2. Kaepernick will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have surgery on his torn labrum in the left shoulder. The injury will require four-to-six months of recovery.


This week, Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu chimed in on the now irrelevant quarterback controversy saying that Gabbert was a better option for the 49ers than Kaepernick.

"We just knew Kaepernick's tendencies. We knew what he liked to do. We knew which way he wanted to roll out. We knew what side of the field he liked to read to. You don't pick up those same things with Gabbert. He's better in the pocket. He has a better feel for coverages. It seems like he can get to the line and see a coverage and then go to a different play or see a coverage and not throw the ball. You can see Gabbert's maturity and the different things he does well that Kaepernick doesn't do well." – Tyrann Mathieu

For the rest of the offense, Vance McDonald finished the game against Seattle by setting career highs in receptions with four, receiving yards with 65 and also registered a career-long 36-yard reception. With five receptions for 93 yards on the day, WR Anquan Boldin moved past former WR Irving Fryar into 18th all-time for most receiving yards with 12,871 for his career.

Top PFF Cardinals – W11 Top PFF 49ers – W11
DE Frostee Rucker (+2.6) DE Arik Armstead (+3.3)
DB Tyrann Mathieu (+2.4) WR Anquan Boldin (+2.4)
NT Rodney Gunter (+2.3) QB Blaine Gabbert (+1.6)
WR Larry Fitzgerald (+2.2) OLB Aaron Lynch (+1.5)
OLB Markus Golden (+1.7) TE Garrett Celek (+1.5)
Pro Football Focus' top-rated week 11 players for each team

On defense, LB Ahmad Brooks brought down Seahawks QB Russell Wilson for his 4th sack of the season and now has 45 sacks in his career while DT Quinton Dial and LB Aaron Lynch each registered half a sack. This season, Lynch has recorded 12 tackles for a loss, leading NFL linebackers in that category. The defense will be without DL Glenn Dorsey for the remainder of the season. He left last weekend's matchup with a torn ACL on the first defensive play of the game.



For the Cardinals, QB Carson Palmer will be looking to set a single season franchise record for touchdown passes and the team's fifth straight victory. Palmer has passed for over 300 yards in three straight games. A win over the 49ers would be the Cardinals' first road victory over San Francisco in seven years. All three of the 49ers' wins this season have been at home.

For the fourth straight game, the 49ers will be without RB Carlos Hyde, who continues to recover from a stress fracture in his left foot. He last played on October 22 in a loss to the Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. RB Shaun Draughn is likely to start in his place.

1-on-1: 49ers RB Shaun Draughn 

Kickoff: Sunday, November 29 at 1:05 PM PT

Television: The game will be televised on FOX (Check 506 Sports to see if it is local)

Bay Area Radio: KGO 810 & The Bone 107.7 (Other radio affiliates)

Spanish Radio: KTRB 860

All-Time Matchup: 49ers lead series 29-19

Last Meeting: 9/27/15, Cardinals win 47-7, at Arz.

Current Streak: Lost 1

Betting: The Cardinals are 10.5 point favorites

NFL Fan Picks: 80% pick the Cardinals to win according to Yahoo! Sports

49ers Fan Picks: Within our Pick 'em Contest, 76% believe the Cardinals will win

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Injury Report

TeamPosPlayerInjuryStatus
49ers RB Carlos Hyde Foot Out
49ers LB Ahmad Brooks Concussion, toe Questionable
49ers DT Arik Armstead Shoulder Probable
49ers WR Anquan Boldin Hamstring Probable
49ers G Alex Boone Triceps Probable
49ers LB NaVorro Bowman Shoulder, finger Probable
49ers DT Tony Jerod-Eddie Hip Probable
49ers G Erik Pears Knee Probable
49ers CB Keith Reaser Ankle Probable
49ers S Jaquiski Tartt Knee Probable
Cardinals DE Cory Redding Ankle Out
Cardinals DT Frostee Rucker Ankle Out
Cardinals S Deone Bucannon Concussion Questionable
Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper Knee Questionable
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd Hamstring Questionable
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson Ankle Questionable
Cardinals DT Ed Stinson Groin Questionable
Cardinals WR John Brown Hamstring Probable
Cardinals DE Calais Campbell Knee Probable
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald Ankle Probable
Cardinals G Mike Iupati Neck Probable
Cardinals RB Chris Johnson Knee Probable

Game Averages (Rank)

Cardinals 49ers
33.6 (1st)
Offense Pts
13.9 (32nd)
417.3 (1st)
Offense Yds
288.2 (32nd)
297.6 (4th)
Offense Pass
188.1 (30th)
119.7 (9th)
Offense Rush
100.1 (18th)
21.6 (13th)
Defense Pts Allowed
25.2 (23rd)
322.2 (4th)
Defense Yds Allowed
404.0 (28th)
228.7 (9th)
Defense Pass Allowed
277.8 (27th)
93.5 (7th)
Defense Rush Allowed
126.2 (26th)

Game Articles

Articles to be added as they become available.

Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Mercury News

Game Preview: 5 Things to Watch When the 49ers Host the Cardinals
49ers.com

49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals at a glance
Sacramento Bee

Stakes high for Gabbert in 49ers' meaningless games
Press Democrat

49ers 10-point home underdogs for first time in 9 years
San Francisco Chronicle

Cardinals expected to have Michael Floyd in lineup
Pro Football Talk

Week 13 Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Niner Fans

Pregame report: OLB Ahmad Brooks, RB Carlos Hyde among inactives
The Mercury News

49ers pregame: No Ahmad Brooks against Cardinals
Sacramento Bee

Brooks ruled out against Cardinals
Niners Digest

49ers LB Brooks inactive vs Cardinals due to concussion
CSN Bay Area



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