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49ers vs. Cardinals: A prospector's guide

We take a look at pertinent facts, figures and history in the Week 3 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

The San Francisco 49ers are back in action this weekend, facing the Arizona Cardinals in a Week 3 contest. The game kicks off at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday down in Glendale, Arizona. It will be a primarily regional broadcast, but maybe we get lucky and get a few extra regions with the game. We'll have the report on that as the week progresses.

We're back with another prospector's guide. The 49ers get their media schedule going early Wednesday. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians will speak with Bay Area media at 8:10 a.m. That is followed by a Jim Tomsula press conference at 10:30 a.m., and then Colin Kaepernick and special teams coach Thomas McGaughey at 11:45 a.m. The locker room is open from 12 to 12:45, and then Carson Palmer will speak with Bay Area media at 1:30 p.m. The 49ers will practice at 2 p.m., and we'll get the practice participation report sometime later in the afternoon.

On Thursday, the coordinators speak, with Eric Mangini and Geep Chryst scheduled for 11:45 a.m. The locker room is open after that until 12:45, and then practice is set for 2:40 p.m. On Friday, Jim Tomsula speaks at 10:55 a.m., practice is set for 11:40 a.m., and the locker room will be open after practice.

This game provides an interesting little nugget. Five seasons ago, the 49ers fired Mike Singletary prior to their 2010 regular season home finale against the Arizona Cardinals. Jim Tomsula served as interim coach and got the win, marking his first win as a head coach in the NFL. It was obviously a few years before win number two, but it is still an amusing little fact.

The 49ers are 10-2 straight up in their last 12 against the Cardinals, and 8-2 ATS in the last ten road games against the Cardinals. I don't think gambling history is entirely useful for this current 49ers team, but it is interesting to see

Matchups: 47
Series Record: 49ers lead series 29-18
49ers Away Record vs. Cardinals: 49ers lead series 12-10
First Meeting: 11/18/51, Cardinals win 27-21, at SF*
Last Meeting: 12/28/14, 49ers win 20-17, at SF
Current Streak: Won 1
Longest 49ers Win Streak: 5 - 3 times (Last 9/13/09 - 11/20/11) Longest Cardinals Win Streak: 4 - 2 times (Last 10/2/05 - 12/24/06)
Most 49ers Points: 56 (10/18/92): 49ers win 56-17, at SF
Most Cardinals Points: 34 - 2 times, (Last 9/10/06): Cardinals win 34-27, at Arz.
49ers Shutouts: None
Cardinals Shutouts: None
*Chicago Cardinals

S Antoine Bethea

  • As a member of the Indianapolis Colts, recorded 1 INT and 1 FR at Arz. on 9/27/13. It marked the 8th INT and 2nd FR of his career.

WR Anquan Boldin

  • Registered game highs in receptions (9) and receiving yards (149) with 1 TD in his first return to Arz. (12/29/13) as an opposition. He tallied 6 receptions for 106 yards and 1 TD in just the 1st qtr., marking the third time in his career that he notched 100-or-more yards in a qtr. [134 at Det. (9/7/03 - 3rd qtr.); 117 vs. Arz. (10/30/11 - 3rd qtr.)].

  • Hauled in a 76-yard TD reception from QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Arz. (12/28/14). It marked his longest reception since 2008.

LB NaVorro Bowman

  • In his first career start, led the team with a season-high 15 tackles vs. Arz. (1/2/11).

  • Registered a team-high 10 tackles and recovered a fumble vs. Arz. (10/13/13). The takeaway turned into points when K Phil Dawson made a 44-yard FG four plays later.

  • Intercepted a pass by Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and added 1.0 sack, 1 FF and 1 FR at Arz. (12/29/13). The INT led to a 4-yard TD pass from QB Colin Kaepernick to WR Anquan Boldin.

K Phil Dawson

  • Successfully converted all 3 FG attempts and all 5 XP attempts in a 44-6 win vs. Arz. (11/16/03), as a member of the Cleveland Browns.

  • Made 3 of 4 FG attempts at Arz. (12/29/13), including the game-winning FG as time expired.

QB Colin Kaepernick

  • Threw for 276 yards and 2 TDs vs. Arz. (12/30/12). He finished the game with a 114.6 QB rating, his second highest total of the 2012 season [133.1 vs. Chi. (11/19/12)].

LB Ahmad Brooks

  • Set single-game career highs with 3.0 sacks of QB Kurt Warner and 2 FFs vs. Arz. (12/14/09).
  • Brought down QB Richard Bartel on the final series of the game vs. Arz. (1/2/11) for his 5th sack of the season. Also registered his first career INT, picking off Cardinals QB John Skelton and returning it 32 yards to the Cardinals 8-yard line, setting up a TD.

LB Aaron Lynch

  • Sacked Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley for a 9-yard loss vs. Arz. (12/28/14). It marked the 6th sack of his rookie season.

RB Reggie Bush

  • Rushed for 84 yards on 5 attempts including a 46-yard TD vs. Ari. (1/16/10) (NFC-D), as a member of the New Orleans Saints.

S Eric Reid

  • Intercepted a pass by QB Carson Palmer and returned it 53 yards to set up a 35-yard FG by K Phil Dawson vs. Arz. (10/13/13). Also, recovered a fumble by WR Larry Fitzgerald, which led to a 6-yard TD run.


2015 Statistics

49ERS (rank) CARDINALS (rank)
1-1 (t-2nd NFCW) Record 2-0 (1st NFCW)
19.0 (t-23rd) Points per game 39.5 (1st)
40.20 (4th) Total Offense 363.5 (10th)
170.5 (2nd) Rushing Offense 117.5 (13th)
231.5 (17th) Passing Offense 246.0 (12th)
35:01 (3rd) Possession Avg 28:20 (22nd)
23.0 (t-15th) Points allowed/gm 21.0 (t-11th)
350.5 (16th) Total Defense 371.5 (22nd)
77.5 (6th) Rushing Defense 81.5 (10th)
273.0 (26th) Passing Defense 290.0 (28th)
5 (t-11th) Sacks 4 (t-13th)
44.4 (23rd) Punting Avg (Gross) 39.9 (30th)
-1 (t-16th) Turnover Differential 0 (t-13th)