The San Francisco 49ers won their second NFC West division game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7 at Candlestick Park. Well, actually the defense won the game by forcing four turnovers. Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw two interceptions and there was also two forced fumbles by the 49ers’ defense. San Francisco’s defense gave the offense the short field twice and the offense came away with only six points total. The offense eventually got themselves together after being sluggish in the first quarter.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw an interception and lost a fumble, but the team won the turnover battle in the end. The third-year player finally threw for more than 200 passing yards since Week 1. Kaepernick relied heavily on veteran tight end Vernon Davis, who caught eight passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin only caught three passes, but it was for 28 yards. In those three passes were first downs that kept the chains moving. As usual, Kaepernick makes throws to a receiver when they are wide open in space. Despite the two turnovers, Kaepernick managed the game well.
Veteran runningback Frank Gore continued to show that he is the one constant on the offense, with 25 rushes for 101 yards. Overall, the team played well. The defense almost played a perfect game and the offense started slow then picked it up later in the game. The offense does need to take advantage of short field opportunities. When they face better and more disciplined teams, they could easily lose if it is as close as this game.