There was some good and some bad in the 49ers fourth win of the season Sunday. But that fourth quarter, 18-play drive that led to their final touchdown was the prettiest lil' drive I've seen all season. It just so happens it was also the longest drive in the NFL this season. Jim Harbaugh called the drive meat grinding and it left me in the mood to ground up a bit of chuck myself for breakfast this morning. And in a nod to rookie standout Corey Lemonier, my fellow bearer of a Gallicized surname in an Anglicized world, I served up that ground Cardinal chuck à la tartare with a raw oeuf atop. And now I will serve up the links...
BEAT WRITERS & COLUMNISTS
Willis’ fumble-causing hit on Fitzgerald the big takeaway from 49ers’ win (Branch)
"Once I’ve got my chinstrap up, I don’t like friends," Patrick Wilis said. "I told [Fitzgerald]: ‘If you tap me again I’m going to have get you. I’m going to have to tackle you.’"
49ers' Vernon Davis speaks volumes with touchdown catches (Kawakami)
But since Vernon Davis' return, the 49ers are 3-0 and have scored 35, 34 and now 32 points in those games.
Ailing 49ers defense comes up big; rookies to the rescue? (Barrows)
The Cardinals were driving. The 49ers defenders were hurting. And the momentum in the game was shifting in Arizona's direction. That's when Patrick Willis turned to NaVorro Bowman...
49ers ground and pound Cardinals into submission (Maiocco)
"We probably ran ‘94 Power’ 12 times in a row," Miller said.
Career day for Vernon Davis leads 49ers to third consecutive win (BASG)
"We called a stunt, and I ran the stunt, hit the guy," said Lemonier
Davis sets a career high in 49ers 32-20 win over Cardinals (Gin)
"It's one of those things where you're in the zone, on a high and you can't come down," Davis said of his performance.
Big day by Davis lifts 49ers past Cardinals 32-20 (McCauley/AP)
Anquan Boldin made three catches and reached reception No. 800 for his career while facing his former team.
Vernon Davis dominates as 49ers outlast Cardinals - NFL.com (NFL.com)
Davis was an absolute beast. But Kaepernick's performance was uneven again this week.
Vernon Davis' big day highlights what could be for 49ers (Williamson)
One of the best games by a tight end in NFL history is proof the San Francisco 49ers may need to go get themselves another receiving option.
49ers' markups, markdowns from win over Cardinals (Purdy)
Overall, a pretty good day for the Scarlet Heroes of Yore.
Can't beef about 49ers' clutch drive (Lowell Cohn)
Asked about that drive, Harbaugh said, as only Harbaugh can say, "We grinded some meat."
NOTES, GRADES & MORE LINKS
Notes: Staley, York displeased with Candlestick wave; Dorsey injured (Branch)
Joe Staley’s anger after Sunday’s win was directed at a surprising target: his own fans.
49ers call out home fans for doing wave (Williamson)
The Cardinals reported Campbell doing well expected to be released from a Bay Area hospital.
Rapid Reaction: San Francisco 49ers (Williamson)
The 49ers were not perfect, but they made big plays on offense and forced four turnovers.
Locker Room Buzz: San Francisco 49ers (Williamson)
49ers notes: Wide receivers quiet; Jed York slams Candlestick wave (Barrows)
Corey Lemonier had his first career sack, his first career safety and his first career forced fumble against the Cardinals.
49ers report card (Barber)
York, players criticize wave after Calais Campbell injury (Gin)
Jed York, Joe Staley and Adam Snyder tweeted they were embarrassed.
49ers notebook: Two-point trickery didn't fool defense (Barber)
Corey Lemonier did more than hold his own against the Cardinals on Sunday.
49ers force 'Cardinal sins' in win over Arizona (Gin)
The defense won this game for San Francisco with four turnovers leading to 16 points.
49ers' Lemonier proves to be fast learner (Branch)
As Haitian immigrants, Lemonier's parents just shrugged when Corey decided to take up the sport.
Rookies making their marks on 49ers' defense (Maiocco)
"They drafted a great group of guys," Lemonier said. "We’re coming in and showing the older guys we’re ready to play week in and week out. We’re doing a great job."
49ers' Reid outshines former college teammate Mathieu (Purdy)
Both LSU rookies were on the field when the 49ers beat the Cardinals, 32-20.