NFL Game Recap - Arizona at San Francisco
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:05 PM EST

PIT
7
CLE
21
F
NYJ
34
WAS
17
F
NO
34
TB
17
F
DEN
23
MIN
27
F
BUF
37
MIA
20
F
JAX
13
IND
33
F
DAL
35
DET
27
F
ATL
29
CAR
3
F
HOU
7
BAL
41
F
ARI
26
SF
36
F
NE
17
PHI
10
F
CIN
10
OAK
17
F
CHI
7
LAR
17
F
KC
24
LAC
17
F

Nov 17, 2019, 4:05 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arizona (3-7-1)

9

7

3

7

26

San Francisco (9-1)

0

10

7

19

36

49ers rally past Cardinals 36-26 on 4 TD passes by Garoppolo
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:11 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo felt the rush coming, lofted up a pass to Jeff Wilson Jr. and then let the crowd tell him everything else.

After a sometimes trying day that featured a big early deficit, two interceptions deep in Arizona territory and some big plays from Kyler Murray, Garoppolo delivered when it mattered most for the San Francisco 49ers.

Garoppolo threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Wilson with 31 seconds left for his fourth TD pass of the game and the 49ers rallied from 16 points down for a 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

"I felt the pressure up the middle and I kind of put it out there and wanted him to just make a play on it," Garoppolo said. "I just heard the crowd. I didn't even see him catch it."

The key play for the go-ahead score came one play after the Niners (9-1) narrowly converted on a third-and-3 pass that went to replay review. Instead of being ruled short and facing a fourth-down decision in a three-point game, San Francisco had a new set of downs.

Wilson entered for his first offensive play of the game and beat edge rusher Chandler Jones, who peeled off on a blitz for his first career touchdown catch.

"I knew he was one of the better guys on their defense, but I also knew he was a defensive end," Wilson said. "I knew his hips weren't that good. He can't move side to side, especially when his whole body is turned. It's just a simple one step, cut across his face and get the ball. Whatever happens after happens."

David Johnson fumbled on the next play for the Cardinals (3-7-1), who squandered a 16-0 lead and lost their fourth straight game. San Francisco added a fumble recovery for a touchdown by D.J. Reed on the final play after a botched lateral by Arizona.

This marked the biggest deficit erased by the 49ers in a win since rallying from 20 points down to beat Philadelphia on Oct. 2, 2011. San Francisco also overcame a 17-point deficit in the NFC title game at Atlanta following the 2012 season.

Garoppolo threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions deep in Arizona territory that nearly doomed the 49ers. The first set up a field goal that put Arizona up 19-17 and the second came with San Francisco trailing by three late in the fourth quarter.

The defense responded by forcing a three-and-out on a sack by Arik Armstead. Garoppolo then went 6 of 7 for 58 yards on the winning drive.

"Jimmy's confidence never wavers," fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. "It's been like that all year. Any time he's made a mistake there's no letup on him. Everybody has all the confidence in the world in him and he always just does a good job of showing that confidence when he's in the huddle."

Kyler Murray threw two TD passes and put the Cardinals ahead 26-23 on a 22-yard keeper with 6:30 to play but it wasn't enough to beat the 49ers.

"Honestly, everything we had was there," Murray said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times. At the end of the day, we had our chance to win the game. We just did not put them away. They're a good team. When you play good teams, you cannot do that."

The Cardinals scored on their first two drives to take a 9-0 lead when Murray found Larry Fitzgerald all alone for a 5-yard score that was his 19th career touchdown against San Francisco.

Arizona added to the lead in the second quarter on a 5-yard TD pass from Murray to Pharoh Cooper before the Niners mostly abandoned an ineffective running game to get back into the contest thanks to a series of underneath passes.

INJURIES

49ers DE Dee Ford left in the first half with a hamstring injury.

FLAG DAY

The Cardinals won a rare challenge of a pass interference call set up an early score. Coach Kliff Kingsbury challenged a no-call on a deep pass to Christian Kirk and had it overturned to pass interference on Richard Sherman. The 41-yard penalty turned a fourth-and-7 into a first-and-goal from the 3.

The Cardinals had to settle for a field goal after an offensive pass interference on Kirk wiped out an apparent TD pass to Charles Clay.

Sherman, who hadn't been penalized since the season opener, was called for two more pass interferences against Kirk in the first half.

UNDRAFTED GEMS

All four 49ers touchdown catches came from undrafted players. Backup tight end Ross Dwelley had two playing for the injured George Kittle, Kendrick Bourne added one in the fourth quarter and Wilson had the game-winner. It was just the 10th time since the merger that a team got four TD catches from undrafted players in a single game.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Week off before hosting the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 1.

49ers: Host Green Bay on Sunday.

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Passing

ARI Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
K. Murray 33 24 72.7 2 150 23 0 101.8 4
SF Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Garoppolo 45 34 75.6 4 424 57 2 115.4 2

Rushing

ARI Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Drake 16 67 4.2 12 0
K. Murray 8 67 8.4 22 1
SF Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Coleman 12 14 1.2 4 0
R. Mostert 6 13 2.2 6 0

Receiving

ARI Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
C. Kirk 6 41 6.8 11 0
L. Fitzgerald 5 37 7.4 12 1
SF Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Samuel 8 134 16.8 26 0
K. Juszczyk 7 63 9.0 19 0

Team Stats Comparison

ARI SF
Points For 26 36
Total Yards 266 442
Rushing Yards 135 34
Passing Yards 131 408
Passing Completions / Attempts 24/33 34/45
Turnovers 2 2
Interceptions Thrown 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 0/0
First Downs 21 26
Rushing Touchdowns 1 0
Passing Touchdowns 2 4
Penalties - Yards 10/104 10/127
Time Of Possession 31:23 28:37
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/10 6/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/2
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/3 3/5
Sacks Against 4 2
Punts - Average Yards 4/50 2/50
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 0/0 2/4
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 2/20 3/23

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ARI SF
ARI 4:29 FG Zane Gonzalez 26 yd FG 3 0
ARI 10:56 TD Larry Fitzgerald 5 yd pass from Kyler Murray (missed kick) 9 0
2nd Quarter ARI SF
ARI 5:57 TD Pharoh Cooper 5 yd pass from Kyler Murray (Zane Gonzalez kick) 16 0
SF 7:08 TD Ross Dwelley 4 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Chase McLaughlin kick) 16 7
SF 15:00 FG Chase McLaughlin 43 yd FG 16 10
3rd Quarter ARI SF
SF 3:53 TD Ross Dwelley 5 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Chase McLaughlin kick) 16 17
ARI 12:06 FG Zane Gonzalez 43 yd FG 19 17
4th Quarter ARI SF
SF 2:46 TD Kendrick Bourne 2 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (failed 2pt Pass from Jimmy Garoppolo) 19 23
ARI 8:30 TD Kyler Murray 22 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick) 26 23
SF 14:29 TD Jeff Wilson Jr. 25 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Chase McLaughlin kick) 26 30
SF 15:00 TD D.J. Reed Jr. 5 yd opp fumble return 26 36

Game Information

Stadium: Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California
Attendance: 69,419
Game Time: 3:20
Weather: