It was a true roller coaster ride for the Arizona Cardinals against the San Francisco 49ers. The team lost, 32-20, but played well at times and nearly took one away from its NFC West rivals on the road.
Questions remain about the run game following rookie Andre Ellington’s performance and Rashard Mendenhall’s shaky afternoon. Then, there was a gaffe on coach Bruce Arians’ part by giving Alfonso Smith a carry with the game on the line in the fourth quarter—Smith fumbled away his only carry of the game, all but sealing the defeat.
The defense played as well as they have played all season, but the offense turned the ball over twice late in the game, leaving the defense completely gassed because of it.
Here are some takeaways from the loss to the 49ers.