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Niners emerge as legit NFC menace after displaying out towards Cardinals in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY — The San Francisco 49ers are headed house with a win — and tied for first within the NFC West — after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 38-10 at Estadio Azteca on Monday evening.

With 78,427 followers in attendance for the NFL’s ultimate worldwide sport of the season, the Niners (6-4) prolonged their win streak to a few video games and leaned closely on broad receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel and working again Christian McCaffrey. The Cardinals fell to 4-7 as backup quarterback Colt McCoy began instead of the injured Kyler Murray for the second consecutive week.

The Niners moved to 4-0 towards division rivals, together with a Week 2 win over the Seattle Seahawks that provides San Francisco management of its playoff positioning.


San Francisco 49ers

For a lot of this season, the San Francisco 49ers have hovered within the grey space between NFC contender and pretender.

On Monday evening, they loudly proclaimed they’re, the truth is, a workforce to be feared.

All three phases lastly got here collectively in a thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals. The 6-4 Niners have received three in a row and are 4-0 within the NFC West.

On paper, many observers have seen the Niners as an actual menace within the NFC all season however many had been nonetheless ready for that every one to gel. And although the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers and Cardinals aren’t precisely difficult opponents, the Niners dealt with every with relative ease.

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Now that their weeklong journey to Colorado and Mexico City is over, the Niners head house for the vacations, taking part in 5 of their ultimate seven video games at Levi’s Stadium and none outdoors the Pacific time zone.

San Francisco received seven of 9 to shut final season earlier than making a run to the NFC Championship Game. As November nears its finish, the Niners look able to do it once more.

QB breakdown: In a departure from their regular strategy, the Niners leaned closely on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo within the first half. Garoppolo tried 21 passes, together with 9 in a row at one level and 3 times greater than the Niners ran it within the opening half-hour. He went 14-of-21 for 153 yards with two touchdowns for a 119.7 passer ranking.

It was simply the third time up to now two seasons he had 100-plus passing yards and at the least two landing tosses within the first half. That output set the Niners as much as come out of the locker room at half and run the ball proper at Arizona. San Francisco ran seven of eight occasions on its opening possession of the third quarter, ending with Deebo Samuel’s 39-yard landing run.

Garoppolo completed 20-of-29 for 228 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions for a ranking of 131.9.

Describe the sport in two phrases: Total dominance. Those clamoring for the 49ers to be taken critically within the NFC by blowing somebody out obtained what they needed Monday evening.

Buy into the 49ers’ backfield: Christian McCaffrey performed 25 snaps to Elijah Mitchell’s three within the first half, but it surely turned out that was Kyle Shanahan’s plan all alongside. The Niners used the extra bruising Mitchell as a second-half nearer of kinds and he joined McCaffrey in salting the sport away.

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McCaffrey’s versatility paired with Mitchell’s pace and energy provides the Niners a mixture that might make them a tricky postseason out.

Under the radar stat: According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Deebo Samuel reached a max pace of 19.94 mph on his 39-yard rush landing, the best pace he has reached as a ball service this season.

Next sport: vs. New Orleans Saints, Sunday.


Arizona Cardinals

A foul season simply obtained even worse for the Arizona Cardinals.

It has been one factor for them to lose on Sundays stateside. It was one other for them to get blown out on “Monday Night Football” in entrance of a global viewers at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

The Cardinals fell to 4-7 after a sport that might have been the altering level in an in any other case dismal season. Instead of pulling themselves inside closing distance of the final playoff spot, the Cardinals confirmed once more that their offense remains to be a piece in progress — 4 years into Kliff Kingsbury’s tenure.

With Kyler Murray’s hamstring nonetheless not at 100%, the beginning went to backup quarterback Colt McCoy for the second straight week. The Cardinals ran for simply 67 yards and mustered one landing with McCoy behind an offensive line that featured only one opening day starter, proper deal with Kelvin Beachum. Arizona’s protection could not comprise the 49ers’ three strongest weapons: tight finish George Kittle, working again Christian McCaffrey and broad receiver Deebo Samuel.

Unable to get their working sport going, the Cardinals left the burden of the offense on McCoy, who took hit after hit behind the patchwork offensive line. And it left the Cardinals pummeled, on the lookout for solutions on either side of the ball with six video games left.

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Troubling pattern: The Cardinals misplaced yards on 5 runs within the first half, all of which occurred on first down, placing them in second-and-long conditions earlier than they even had an opportunity to interrupt a sweat. Three of them occurred on the identical drive. Those 5 first downs that went for adverse runs had been on drives that produced a complete of three factors and an interception.

QB breakdown: When McCoy was upright, he threw for 218 yards and an interception on 24-for-34 passing, even after being sacked 3 times. He was seen in ache after a pair hits and his incapability to evade strain and make performs together with his toes was a difficulty for the Cardinals all sport.

Pivotal play: DeAndre Hopkins’ taunting penalty early within the second quarter moved Arizona from 49ers territory again into its personal territory. Two performs later, Colt McCoy threw an interception, which San Francisco become a landing to take a 14-3 lead and by no means seemed again.

Under the radar stat: After catching seven passes for 77 yards within the first half, DeAndre Hopkins had simply two catches for 14 yards within the second half.

Next sport: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday.

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