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The San Francisco 49ers return home to Levi's® Stadium in Week 12 for an NFC West divisional clash against the Arizona Cardinals.
The 49ers will look to end Arizona's current four-game winning streak while the Cardinals look to win their first game in the Bay Area since 2008. San Francisco owns a 3-2 record at home this season.
Keep it logged on here for updates throughout Sunday's action. Pregame Report
Ahmad Brooks was the No. 1 surprise when the 49ers inactives came out and will miss his second game of the season.
San Francisco's pass-rusher didn't come out of the game against Seattle with a concussion, but had a headache and entered the league's concussion protocol during the week. Brooks missed a game earlier in the season following a death in the family.
Corey Lemonier will start in place of Brooks. Shaun Draughn will get his third-straight start at running back with Pierre Garçon inactive again.
Here's the full list of 49ers inactives: Brooks, Hyde, DeAndrew White, Brandon Thomas, Ian Silberman, Chris Davis and Ray-Ray Armstrong.
Here's the full list of Cardinals inactives: Matt Barkley, Shaq Riddick, Jonathan Cooper, DJ Humphries, Cory Redding, Ed Stinson and Rucker.
San Francisco won the coin toss and elected to take the ball to start the game.
Draughn got rolling immediately. The running back's first three carries went for three yards, 13 yards, and 19 yards, respectively. A quick screen pass to Torrey Smith also netted 10 yards and another first down. The drive stalled, however, when Blaine Gabbert was sacked by Cardinals rookie Markus Golden.
Bradley Pinion follwed with his best punt of the season, being downed at the 1-yard line by Jimmie Ward.
After getting one first down, Arizona's offense was stopped on its initial possession when Tramaine Brock broke up a third-down pass intended for J.J. Nelson. Aaron Lynch had a tacle for loss on the drive.
Unfortunately, Bruce Ellington muffed the ensuing punt and the Cardinals jumped on the lose ball.
Palmer followed the turnover with a 15-yard strike to Michael Floyd to get the Cardinals an immediate first down. A third-down completion to Larry Fitzgerald for a gain of four yards kept the chains moving. On 4th-and-3 from the 49ers 8-yard line, Ward broke up a pass for Fitzgerald in the left side of the end zone. Fitzgerald dove for the ball floating over his head but Ward was able to keep up with the receiver and contest the play.
Arizona's kicker Chandler Catanzaro was true from 26-yards out, putting the Cardinals up 3-0. (4:00)
San Francisco suffered a key injury on its next possession. Tight end Garrett Celek got his ankle rolled up on during a first down run from Shaun Draughn. Celek left the game on a cart and it was announced that his return was questionable. Things got worse for the 49ers a few plays later when Gabbert was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu. The quarterback underthrew his intended receiver, Quinton Patton, on the play. The Cardinals safety returned the pick for 15-yards to San Francisco's 47-yard line.
The opening quarter ended with Palmer and Fitzgerald connecting on another third-down completion, this time for seven yards and a first down.
Arizona continued to march to begin the second quarter. The Cardinals appeared to have a 13-yard touchdown from Palmer to John Brown, but the receiver was ruled to have stepped out of bounds prior to catching the pass. On the next play Brock missed an opportunity for an interception in the end zone, but the 49ers still forced Arizona to settle for a field goal.
Catanzaro was good again, this time from 41 yards to make the score 6-0 Arizona. (12:43)
The Cardinals got the ball back after a quick stop of San Francisco's offense. Passes to Brown of 20 yards and seven yards once again put Arizona into 49ers territory. The 49ers stood tall once again. On 3rd-and-1, Ian Williams stuffed Chris Johnson for a 1-yard loss. Arizona opted to go for it from the 49ers 31-yard line. Eric Reid broke up a deep ball down the right seam intended for rookie running back David Johnson.
Following the turnover on downs, the 49ers once again went three-and-out to give the ball back to the Cardinals.
Despite the early struggles offensively, San Francisco's defense continued to play well. Michael Wilhoite made an
impressive stop on Johnson on a 3rd-and-1 play. The 49ers linebacker burst through the line of scrimmage to make the tackle in the backfield and force Arizona to punt.
The 49ers responded with some juice on offense. Back-to-back completions of 15 yards to Garrett Celek and Anquan Boldin got San Francisco near midfield. The 49ers opted to go for it on 4th-and-2 and converted on a 3-yard pass to Draughn.
With the clock winding down, Gabbert completed a 10-yard pass to Boldin to set up a long field-goal attempt.
For the 17th consecutive time, Phil Dawson was money, drilling a 53-yard field goal as time expired to put the 49ers on the board and cut the Cardinals lead in half, 6-3. (0:00)
During halftime, it was announced that Celek would not return due to his ankle injury.
Arizona got its first big play of the game on the opening snap of the third quarter. Palmer found Brown deep down the field for 48 yards to the 49ers 23-yard line. Another 13-yard completion to Brown got Arizona inside the 10-yard line.
The eventual touchdown drive ended in bizarre fashion. Four separate 49ers penalties inside the 5-yard line gave the Cardinals new life. Chris Johnson (twice) and David Johnson were both stood up at the goal line while Palmer couldn't find any open receivers on passing plays.
Eventually David Johnson found his way into the end zone from 1-yard out to extend Arizona's lead to 13-3. (10:01)
In Celek's absence, Blake Bell stepped up on the 49ers next drive. Gabbert found the rookie tight end standing all by himself near the left sideline of the second play of the series. Bell used the open space and ran the ball 48 yards downfield for San Francisco's biggest play of the day. Shaun Draughn kept the chains moving, gaining 12 yards on a well-designed screen pass.
Two plays later, Gabbert hit McDonald running wide open accross the middle of the field for an 8-yard touchdown to make the score 13-10. (7:38)
The score was McDonald's second in as many weeks and Gabbert's fourth touchdown pass in three starts.
San Francisco's defense promptly got the ball back in Blaine Gabbert's hand. After a 15-yard pass to McDonald, the 49ers were unable to move the ball any further, punting it away back to the Cardinals.
Gabbert continued to deal. A 17-yard completion to Boldin got things started. On the very next play, Gabbert hit Smith for a 41-yard completion deep down the middle of the field off of play action. An 11-yard catch and run for Bell nearly converted a 3rd-and-14 situation but San Francisco was forced to kick a field goal.
As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, Dawson extended his streak to 18-straight made field goals. His 33-yarder tied the game at 13 a piece. (1:33)
The third quarter ended with a 4-yard completion to Fitzgerald to convert on third down.
A crushing illegal hands to the face penalty gave the Cardinals a first down after a fourth-down sack of Palmer.
The 49ers didn't flinch following the flag, getting a stop anyways to get the ball back with the game tied and 12:32 remaining in the game.
A 15-yard completion to McDonald is all the 49ers could muster on their possession, punting it back to the Cardinals.
The ridiculous amount of penalties continued. An illegal contact helped the Cardinals convert on one third down. Then, on a Quinton Dial sack of Palmer, Dial was called for roughing the passer. There was no explanation, but the ref probably decided that there was some contact to Palmer's helmet.
Regardless, the penalties led to a 34-yard pass to Nelson to the 49ers 1-yard line.
Palmer finished the drive himself, running the ball into the end zone for the 7-yard touchdown. A missed PAT made it 19-13 Cardinals. (2:28)
Needing a touchdown for the win, Gabbert completed four straight passes to get the 49ers to the Cardinals 30-yard line. Two incompletions and a sack, however, made it 4th-and-20. Gabbert completed the 4th-down pass for 18 yards, resulting in a turnover on downs.
Arizona got the ball back with 1:12 remaining and iced the game with one first down.
With the 19-13 win, the Cardinals improve to 9-2 while the 49ers drop to 3-8.
San Francisco will travel to Chicago next Sunday for a Week 13 clash with the Bears.