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We take a quick look at the 49ers-Cardinals second quarter quarter, and open a thread for third quarter discussion.
The 49ers and Cardinals head into the second half with San Francisco holding a slim 7-6 lead. The 49ers finally got on the board thanks to a pair of back-to-back passes to Michael Crabtree, capped by a 49-yard touchdown. Crabtree moved over 1,000 yards receiving and the 49ers have a lead in a game they simply must win. They would be going to the playoffs either way, but a win clinches the division. Add in the Vikings current lead on the Packers, and a bye remains possible (amazingly enough).
A bye would be nice as it would give the 49ers necessary time to start working out some more kickers. David Akers has missed a pair of kicks, one from 44 and one from 40. He has pushed both wide and is costing the 49ers quite a bit. I don't know if the 49ers will start going for it on fourth down when they are in field goal range, but they need to figure something out. At this point, I would be shocked if Akers was on the roster next week. He was huge for the team last year, but at this point I think it's about time to stick a fork in him.