Cardinals 31, 49ers 37
Coming into this game, Kurt Warner had never lost to the 49ers in 7 starts (jinx!) That said, despite an impressive 484 passing yds for Warner and 2 TDs, turnovers cost the Cardinals a shot at staying a mere one game behind the division-leading Seattle Seahawks, coming off a win Sunday.
2 INTs by Warner and the nail-in-the-coffin fumble in the endzone by Warner in OT sealed the Cardinals’ fate this week. Not to mention a rare missed-FG attempt by Neil Rackers during the OT period.
With Alex Smith’s injury, Trent Dilfer looked right at home in Arizona, completing 256 yds and 2 TDs. Last season great Frank Gore showed some glimpses of last year with 214 yds and 2 TDs, and the 49ers 8-game losing streak came at the expense of Arizona, who has lost 4 games this season by only 7 points or less.
On the bright side, Larry Fitzgerald had a wonderful outing, recording 2 TDs on 156 yds. Edgerring James rushed for 78 yds, and Marcel Shipp got his first TD of the season courtesy of Tim Rattay’s handoff, who joined the festivities during a goal-line stand in the 2nd quarter. Rattay also tossed a TD to Ben Patrick in the 4th quarter.
The Cardinals fall to 5-6 in the NFC West, and host the tough Cleveland Browns, fresh off a win and leading the AFC in the wildcard race, next week.