The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the Arizona Cardinals to close out the 2013 regular season. The 49ers are 11-4 and look to sew up at least the No. 5 seed with a win. The No. 1 or No. 2 seeds remain on the radar, but the 49ers need a lot of help to make those happen.
The 49ers face a Cardinals squad that needs a win and help from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get into the playoffs. The NFC West is guaranteed three ten-win teams, but the odds are not good that they will get three teams into the playoffs.
The 49ers-Cardinals spread ranges between pick 'em and 49ers -1. The 49ers did not cover against the Falcons, as they needed a late NaVorro Bowman pick-six to put away a game Falcons squad. The 49ers will have to step up their game this week against a strong Cardinals squad. Arizona has won seven of eight games, including a huge road win over the Seahawks last week. This could prove to be quite the dogfight.
This will be your first quarter game thread, and we'll be back with a new thread each quarter. We'll wrap things up with a recap thread.
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Date: December 29, 2013
Time: 1:25 p.m. PT
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Odds Shark Spread: 49ers -1
Weather: Room temperature-ish
TV Broadcast: FOX - Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 810 KGO - Ted Robinson, Eric Davis
Sports USA: Larry Kahn, John Robinson, Troy West
Spanish Radio: KTRB 860 - Erwin Higueros, Jesus Zarate
Cardinals Coverage: Revenge of the Birds