It was not pretty, and the San Francisco 49ers found a new way to blow a game. The 49ers led 15-10 in the fourth quarter, and Josh Rosen drove 73 yards to get the game-winning score. The Cardinals won 18-15 after the 49ers blew a snap and Beathard threw incomplete as time expired. It was about as fitting a finish for this team as possible.
It was a thrilling finish for the general football fan, and probably if you are rooting for draft positioning, but it was another disappointing finish for a 49ers team that can’t close out a game to save their lives.
It was an ugly game early, with neither team able to find the end zone. The 49ers got a safety in the first quarter, and an exchange of field goals had a score of 5-3 49ers at the half. The 49ers finally got things going in the second half, with Marquise Goodwin catching a short pass and turning it into a 55-yard touchdown. The 49ers added a field goal and seemed in control with a 15-3 lead.
However, the defense folded in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals drove 75 yards on six plays to cut the lead to 15-10, capped by a Larry Fitzgerald touchdown. After a 49ers punt, the Cardinals fumbled back to the 49ers but San Francisco could get nothing done. Josh Rosen had a bit of a coming out on the Cardinals final drive, leading them 73 yards in 1:42 for the game winning score.
The 49ers once again dealt with more injuries. Teams get banged up fairly regularly, but it seems like the 49ers just can’t stay healthy. This time, strong safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Reuben Foster were lost to injury. Foster suffered a hamstring injury, and was ruled questionable to return. He was replaced by Elijah Lee, and never returned to the game.
Tartt injured his shoulder and was replaced by Antone Exum. Tartt was ruled out, and the 49ers later lost Exum to a head injury. He was replaced by Tyvis Powell.
George Kittle suffered an injury at one point when he took a huge hit, but returned the next series.
Up next: vs. Oakland Raiders (TNF)
The final Battle of the Bay Area gets to go under the lights. And given that it’s not Sunday evening, it could not be flexed out! The Raiders dropped to 1-6 following their 42-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. I’m sure the NFL is thrilled about this matchup.