SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco 49ers defense smothered the Arizona Cardinals Monday night, giving up just a field goal in a 24-3 victory.

“You didn’t feel like the Cardinals had a chance,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew. “They couldn’t run, they couldn’t pass, they couldn’t tackle, they couldn’t do anything… (The 49ers) beat the Cardinals every way you can, but the big way that they beat them was physically. I mean they were very, very, very physical.”

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree scored two touchdowns for the 49ers.

“It looks like he just kind of grew up and understands what pro football is,” the former coach said. “A lot of these guys come in and they’re great college players and they’re high draft choices and they hold out and they don’t get to camp and then they really don’t get ‘Introduction to Football 1A.’ (Crabtree) just looks like a guy who has kind of caught on and understands what pro football and life in the NFL is all about.” (8:05)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM. And catch John’s extra report at 9:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays during the NFL season.

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