It didn’t take the Niners more than two minutes to score. Arizona blitzed on 3rd & 11, but Purdy replaced the blitzer and hit Kittle for a gain of 35 yards. On the next play, after fleeing the pocket, Purdy found McCaffrey wide open for another explosive play that was out of structure. That 41-yard touchdown gave the Niners a 28-13 lead.
After missing the previous series and trading punts, Kyler Murray returned for Arizona. Arizona would answer with a 15-yard completion followed by a 44-yard pass. The Cardinals had 1st & 5, but a fumble and two incomplete passes forced Arizona to settle for a field goal. Today was the ultimate bend but don’t break defense by the Niners.
The Cardinals had nearly 300 yards through three quarters. But they were only 2-9 on third down, plus Murray’s turnover.
The 49ers were not going to be stopped inside the red zone. Aiyuk caught a 22-yard pass. McCaffrey had consecutive runs of 18 and 11. And a 1-yard touchdown put the 49ers in front 35-16.