They scored only six points in the second half, but the 49ers prevailed at the end to beat the Cardinals 23-20 in Arizona Sunday. “I was impressed with how hard (the 49ers) played,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew.
In their final game of the regular season, the 49ers beat a Cardinal team that was playing for their playoff lives. In a game that they had to win, Arizona put up a valiant effort, but could not beat a San Francisco team that enter the playoffs on a 6 game winning streak.
Phil Dawson kicked a 40-yard field goal as the game ended to lift the 49ers to a 23-20 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday, giving the Niners the NFC’s No. 5 playoff seed.
The 49ers could still win the NFC West if they beat the Cardinals and the Rams beat the Seahawks in Seattle Sunday. “(A Rams win in Seattle) is a long shot,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew.
In the regular season finale, the Cardinals and 49ers are both dealing with multiple injuries. However, only Arizona has any concerns about the availability of one of their key players.
In the last game of the season the 49ers and Cardinals will meet in a game that means something for each team. The two are playing well and with plenty on the line will fight for a win until the final whistle.
The Arizona Cardinals snapped the Seahawks’ 14-game home winning streak, beating them in Seattle 17-10 Sunday.
The National Football League’s formulaic methodology for scheduling means the Oakland Raiders already know who their opponents will be in 2014.
With 3 weeks left in the season, San Francisco could possibly clinch a playoff spot this Sunday. They will need to beat Tampa Bay first, and after that will be rooting for the Titans, Vikings and Packers.
While a lot can happen before now and the end of the season, the playoffs are still very much in reach for the 49ers. Those who question San Francisco’s post-season chances are hanging their hat on the recent report from numberFire, giving them a 36.3 percent chance of making the playoffs. What is surprising is how anyone can agree with that.