The 11-4 San Francisco 49ers travel to the desert to face the Arizona Cardinals in their 2013 regular season finale. The 49ers are coming off a 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons, and are looking to win their sixth straight game. The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight games, and are coming off a huge 17-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers-Cardinals contest kicks off at 1:25 p.m. PT, showing up on FOX in your channel guide. The game will only be regionally broadcast, so give 506sports.com a check for the details. As always, if you want to find a place to watch the game, check out our sports bar thread to find 49ers fans in your area.
This game is just a slightly huge contest. The 49ers likely will need a win to secure at least the No. 5 seed. The Saints are hosting the Bucs at the same time, and if the Saints win and 49ers lose, the Saints take over that No. 5 seed. Here is a full rundown of the potential seeding scenarios for the 49ers. The Cardinals on the other hand need a win over the 49ers, and a Bucs win over the Saints. It's not an easy opening for them, but they have plenty to play for Sunday afternoon.
The 49ers-Cards spread is ranging between pick 'em and 49ers -1. Given how the two teams are playing right now, it's not surprising that this is viewed as a bit of a toss-up. Both teams are playing solid football, and have plenty of confidence. The 49ers have advantages across the board, but they have shown enough inconsistency that this is a tough one to call.
One of the big matchups to watch will be the 49ers run game against the Cardinals front seven. The Cardinals are No. 2 in the league against the run, and the 49ers build much of their offense off the run game. Part of that is due to Colin Kaepernick's scrambling skills, but their power game means we'll see plenty of Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. The 49ers need to find balance, so we'll see how Greg Roman and the offense attack this stout defensive front.
Here is a rundown of all the pertinent broadcast details, along with the final injury report, officials and more.
Game time: 1:25 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
TV Channel: FOX
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Radio: KGO 810 AM, The Bone 107.7 FM; 49ers Radio Network - Ted Robinson, Eric Davis; Sports USA - Larry Kahn, John Robinson, Troy West; Spanish Radio KTRB 860 - Erwin Higueros, Jesus Zarate
Odds: 49ers favored by 1 point
Online streaming: NFL Rewind (Not Live); DirecTV Sunday Ticket stream (Live)
Out: WR Mario Manningham (knee)
Questionable: LB Dan Skuta (foot)
Probable: LB Navorro Bowman (wrist), CB Tarell Brown (ribs), WR Michael Crabtree (wrist, ankle), C Jonathan Goodwin (not injury related), RB Frank Gore (knee), G Mike Iupati (knee), TE Vance McDonald (ankle), WR Kassim Osgood (shin), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
Last time they played: 49ers won 32-20 (10/13/2013)
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