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Week One Blog from Arizona

Posted by Scott Kegley on September 13, 2009 – 11:06 AM


We’re just about two hours away from the kickoff of the 2009 season and I think everybody’s pretty amped up to get things going.  We’ll also have some new features on the website for you!  Once the game begins, click on the game box on the homepage for live play-by-play, updated stats and scoring summaries.  You can also stay tuned to this blog for quarterly summaries, injury updates and statistical milestones.  I’ll also post the inactive list once we get that information from PR.  The picture above is the view from the press box.  I’ll try to do this every week when we’re on the road.

An interesting note from today’s game as Shaun Hill becomes the third undrafted quarterback to start the season opener in 49ers history.  Who were the other two?  Frank Albert in 1950-52 and Jeff Garcia from 2000-2003.

The inactives for today’s game are…

San Francisco: Ahmad Brooks, Jason Hill, Ricky Jean Francois, Brandon Jones, Reggie Smith, Curtis Taylor, Cody Wallace and Nate Davis

Arizona Cardinals: Brian St. Pierre, Steve Breaston, Greg Toler, Reggie Walker, Herman Johnson, Brandon Keith, Early Doucet and Dominique Byrd



The 49ers appeared to have forced a 3 and out for the Cardinals on their first drive, but Justin Smith was called for holding on third down which gave the Birds and automatic first down.  On the next third down, Warner found Hightower short, but Patrick Willis chased him down and forced the punt.  It was an impressive series to start the game for the defense, holding the Cardinals despite the costly penalty.

It was an equally impressive series for the Cardinals defense, forcing the three and out.  Frank Gore was stopped for losses on 1st and 2nd down.  Hill was able to find Vernon Davis on third down, but he was held shy of the sticks.

On the second drive for Arizona, Fitzgerald appeared to have mad a big play in the middle of the field, but that was due to pushing away Nate Clements.  The offensive PI call backed the Cardinals up.  On third and long, Patrick Willis made a leaping interception in front of WR Urban.  It was Willis’ 2nd career interception

Thanks to the pick by Willis, the 49ers started their next drive from the AZ 37.  On 3rd and 6 from the 19, Hill floated it up for Morgan in the end zone.  The defender was draped over Morgan for what could have been a pass interference call.  The 49ers settled for a Nedney field goal.

49ers 3 – Cardinals 0

Due to a low block penalty on the kickoff, the Cardinals began the next drive from the 9.  On 2nd down, the 49ers showed great pressure as Justin Smith hit Warner as he released the ball.  Fitzgerald was the intended target, but the ball fell low.  On 3rd and long, the 49ers dropped into coverage, allowing the short completion to Hightower and making the tackle – textbook defense on 3rd and long.  the 49ers were called for 12 men on the field on the punt.  Singletary challenged the call and the review was clear that the 49ers had 8 men on the line and 3 deep.  That’s 11, no penalty… 49ers ball.

Hill targeted his talented tight ends on the first two plays of the next drive, hitting Walker on 1st down and looking for Davis on 2nd down.  Adrian Wilson was flagged for leading with his helmet against Davis which knocked the ball loose.  The 49ers were held to a 50-yard field goal attempt by Nedney which he nailed right down the middle.

** Nedney ranks 1st in franchise history with 7 field goals of 50 or more yards.

49ers 6 – Cardinals 0

The Cardinals got off to a quick start their next drive as Warner found Urban deep down the middle of the field.  Warner then found Hightower in the flat who escaped the reach of Willis and got out of bounds at the 27.  On a broken play, Warner scramble and was sacked by Haralson.  That wraps up the 1st quarter.



On 3rd and 8, Dre’ Bly was able to bat down Warner’s pass intended for Boldin.  Rackers came on and connected on a 44-yard FG.

49ers 6 – Cardinals 3

On the 49ers next drive, Hill was able to find Morgan on a few occasions, once on each side of the field to move the ball out to the 50.  On 3rd and short, Hill was unable to find Gore out of the backfield as his pass was knocked down at the line.

The 49ers pass rush has been effective so far this game as Harlson got to Warner for the sack.  Haralson beat T Levi Brown off the right side and brought the QB down at the 5.  The 49ers were flagged for a block in the back on the punt and will start the drive at their own 27 with 8:19 left in the half.

Darnell Dockett shot into the backfield on first down to stop Coffee for a loss on first down.  Hill found Battle on a slant on 3rd down, but he came up just inches short of the first down and will punt.

Good defense by the 49ers forced the Cardinals to go 3 and out on their next drive.  On third and short, Warner’s pass went off the hands of Lance Long.

The Cardinals continue to play well against the 49ers running gain.  Gore picked up 3 on 1st down and just a couple more on 2nd down.  If they’re able to break a long run, it could open things up quite a bit.  Hill moved the chains on 3rd and 5, finding gore just past the markers.  On second down, Hill had Walker open down the right side in between the corner and safety, but his pass was a bit too long.  HUGE PLAY on 3rd and 10.  Hill pump faked and found Isaac Bruce for a 50-yard gain on a deep slant.  On the very next play, Gore punched it in from 6 yards out.

*** The 50 yard completion to Bruce was a career best for Hill.  His previous best was the 48-yarder to Morgan against STL last year.

***It was also Gore’s 23rd career rushing TD.

49ers 13- Cardinals 3


On the first play of the next drive, Warner was pressured by Lawson.  Warner couldn’t get anything on the pass and the floating pass was picked off easily by Nate Clements.  The 49ers will take over from the AZ 39-yard line.

With just two minutes left on the clock, another score her could be huge as the 49ers will receive to start the second half.  A sack by Darnell Dockett though makes that more difficult as it brings up 3rd and 19.  Rolle came with a corner blitz on 3rd down and hit Hill as he threw.  It was initially ruled an incomplete pass and blown dead.  However, the play was reviewed and reversed.  Since it was blown dead, the Cardinals will get the ball at their own 40-yard line with 1:15 left in the half and 1 timeout remaining.

In just two plays, the Cardinals were able to move the ball down to the SF 45.  Ray McDonald brings down Warner for a 5 yard loss and forcing the Cards to burn their final timeout.  With just 11 seconds left, Rackers will attempt the field goal, but unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on SF moves the ball half the distance to the goal.  Warner and the AZ offense will come back on.  The penalty was almost very costly as Warner looked for Fitzgerald for a would-be TD.  Clements had great coverage on the play and was able to break up the pass.  Rackers hits the field goal.

49ers 13 – Cardinals 6


The 49ers went three and out on their first drive of the half as Hill’s pass was too high for Gore on 3rd and 5.

Warner found Hightower on 3rd down for a 10 yard gain and a first down.  Several great plays by the 49ers defense forced the Cardinals to punt.  Willis had a TFL on 1st down, Bly made a diving pass break up in front of Boldin on 2nd down and Fitzgerald couldn’t haul in Warner’s pass on 3rd down.

After a touchback, the 49ers will begin their next drive from the 20.  The 49ers couldn’t get anything going however.  On 3rd and long, the 49ers went with a run by Gore, but were stopped well short of the chains.

The Cardinals began their next drive on fire.  After a big completion to Fitzgerald down the right sideline, Wells ripped off two big runs down to the SF 28.  On 3rd and 1, Warner found Hightower out of the backfield who beat the coverage of Haralson and got all the way down to the 5.  The Cardinals were able to tie it up as Warner hit a wide open Fitgerald for the TD.  Warner rolled right and was pressured by Willis, but Warner got the pass away.

49ers 13 – Cardinals 13

All the momentum is with the Cardinals right now.  Two incomplete passes and a sack force the 49ers to punt.

In just two plays, the Cardinals picked up two first downs to Urban and Boldin.  The Cardinals offense is really starting to click. The 49ers had a chance to get off the field on 3rd and 4, but Haralson was called offside and the Cardinals got the first down the easy way.


Rackers connected on a 43-yard field goal to give AZ the lead.

Cardinals 16 – 49ers 13

The 49ers got their first 1st down of the 2nd half after Hill found Davis wide open on third down on a short slant route.  On the next play, Rogers-Cromartie nearly picked off Hill’s pass as he looked deep to Bruce.  Hill moved the chains again on third down, threading the needle to Bruce who made a nice grab.  Again on third down, Hill found Bruce for a nice gain on the left side on a comeback route.  the 49ers are now within field goal range to potentially tie it up.  Nice move by Battle who caught a short out route, cut back and gained 10 yards.  Hill found Davis coming across the middle for another 1st down at the 9.  the 49ers then took the lead as Hill found a wide open Gore in the flat to the right.  There wasn’t anybody within 10 yards of him and Gore easily walked in for 6.  Nedney tacked on the extra point to put the 49ers up by 4.

49ers 20 – Cardinals 16

It’ll now be up to the defense to hold with 7:21 remaining in the game.  The Cardinals were able to get one first down before the D forced the punt.  Ben Graham had a great 64-yard punt to pin the 49ers at the 2.  With 5:31, this will be a big drive for the offense.  If they can get a few first downs here, it could make things tough for AZ.

the 49ers go with three runs and lose one yard and will have to punt from their own 1.  Lee’s punt was a good one, but Rolle had a 27-yard return back to the SF 38.

I have to go down on the field soon, so follow all the action on Twitter.

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66 Responses to “Week One Blog from Arizona”

  1. By Eddie on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Let’s go Niners!!! We don’t need no stinkin’ Crabtree!

  2. By Donna on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    49ers all the way!!! Crabtree, you just sit there and see how it’s done by the real men!!!

  3. By Amara on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Screw greedy Crabtree…Let’s go get the birds!

  4. By Tina on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Kick Cardinal butt! I also agree, let Crabtree sit out the season!

  5. By SBPCPA on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    I like the pressure on Warner but ourO-line needs to push forward for the G-man

  6. By ChefB on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    WTF? Does the 49ers know that the forward pass is now legal in the NFL? How f’ing conservatvie can u get??? Throw the freaking??? Ball!!! How in the hell do to try to run the ball 5 straight times when your only avg 1.4 yards per carry? Fire the off. cordinatoe NOW!!!

  7. By Jim on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Replace Rossum as kick returner. He has done Nothing!

    The O line needs to improve a lot!

  8. By Jim on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Shaun Hill! Great drive!

  9. By Jim on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Allright D!

  10. By J-Man on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    A few years back this win would have meant nothing…now it DOES. Goooooooooooo 9ers!

  11. By the bay on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    shows the truth that the cardinals faithful is a joke. the 49ers have been there and back, and again, they are on there way back to the top. cant stop the 49ers now

  12. By KIMBLE POWELL on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Good win for coach singletary and the team lets go niners

  13. By R.W.D on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! Finally, thats what I’m talking about! Go 9’ERS!

  14. By the bay on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    doesnt matter how many yards you average, 300 yards passing or 100. as long as you win, win the turnover battle and in the trenchs and the 49ers did jus that. now worry about next week and get ready to see a great season for the red and gold

  15. By frenchfan on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    WTF awesome game !! mike you’re doing a great job as head coach with our team !! carry on !!! (and i’m agree with tina “let crabtree sit out the season”)

  16. By the bay on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    people will see now the type of football singletary is capable of. they smothered the cardinals passing game with 2 INT’s and left no room for fitzgerald or boldin. that defense is back led by Willis. cant wait for the rest of the season

  17. By Ryan B. on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    That’s what i’m talkin about niners!!!!!!!!! 49ERS FAITHFULL FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HUGE WIN!!! NEXT TIME BREAK KURT WARNERS OLD WRINKLY ASS NECK!

  18. By 49nuevos on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    muy bien a patear traseros y estoy de acuerdo que se siente toda la temporada craptree we dont need you que vivan los cuarentaynueves merol

  19. By Cali on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    WHY DID WE KEEP ON TRYING TO RUN THE BALL when after the first quarter we saw that passing worked and running didn’t? The offensive line didn’t help Frank Gore today. He was more productive as a receiver. The defense carried the team today… and they were tired…
    We need to be careful… this was close and the Cardinals are not the team to measure ourselves against… they were just a shooting star last year. If we are to be a SUperbowl team we need to run all over teams like this.
    I WANT A SUPERBOWL!!!! It’s been 15 damn years and I am getting old.

  20. By Todd Dimock on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    We are finally making strides, the D looked good holding a potent offense to 16. Now to get the O on track.

  21. By D.SIG on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    GO 9’ERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets keep them conference wins coming,take em how we can get em!! Taking the west,goin 2 the playoffs…………..WITHOUT CRABTREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. By KIMBLE POWELL on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    I really wanted crabtree to signed with us but if he can’t see football is a team sport then that means he dosen’t understand what a blessing it is to even get to the NFL now lets get seatle next week i’m so proud of our front line with there sacks on kurt warner

  23. By KiddUSA2009 on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Why wasn’t the Arizona defender called for faceguarding on 3rd down vs. Josh Morgan in the end zone when the 49ers had to settle for their first FG? He wasn’t even looking at the ball. I thought that was a penalty?

  24. By Raf on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Nay sayers, band wagoners and pessimists go eat it! D came out big today, the O-line got their heads out of their asses. Hill has what it takes, just needs to relax a bit, Singleltary is the man! Damn I wish I could have heard what he said to the D. Gore is a beat fighting for all those yards. Arizona turkeys suck! Mark Ibanez is gay!

  25. By Ryan on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Good stuff am loving it…………………

  26. By that guy on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    We might need him but he dont want us to Crabtree can sit. Go Niners. God dont love Kurt Warner anymore

  27. By Larry Servis on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    I love it!!! They really look like a team. Thanks Mike great job!!!

  28. By Fansince70 on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Good win – O – line needs to get a better push – a tad conservative espesialy with no run game to speak of – could have used short passes instead – play and learn – D – looked good nice presure – good pas defence

  29. By Richard Maldonado on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    1-0 Baby!!!! Times over to celebrate lets start thinking about the Seahawks. Lets keep the momentum on our side. To all the 9er fans in attendence against Seattle next week, we need to let it be heard about the 9er defense and make SOME NOISE!!!!!! Its about F***** Time to get that home field advantage back to the Stick.

  30. By gtbniners on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    what a win great d offense whas soso but at the end of the day is the w great start lets keep it up go ninersssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  31. By alec montierth on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    NINERS FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. By jc on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Willis 11 tackles, 1 INT..

    dude is Superman. Future Hall of Famer…

    may be the best defensive player in the NFL this year.. watch out

  33. By Dan Clydesdale on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Greg Manusky has the D-fence on lockdown. Anytime the offense can put up 20 points, the 3-4 will take care of the rest. It’s good to see that some stability at the D-coordinator position has paid off, and the 9ers should have a great chance to have a top 5 D this year! Huge win today, top of the division after next week!

  34. By tony on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Crabtree who?????

  35. By Fansince70 on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Crabtree would be a nice addition but if the young man can’t understand it is a team game or is to greedy trade his rights before any antics make him undesireable – salvage what you can

  36. By louis melchiorre on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    good game you can realy see the way they are playing hard fast strong and with a great winning attiude go 9ersssssssss

  37. By KIMBLE POWELL on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    I live in mississippi and there are few forthy niners fans here so glad to get the win today but you know will still have the haters i’m glad that i can chat with other forthy niners fans

  38. By Jim on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Why are all my posts “awaiting confirmation for hours?

  39. By Floyd on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Lets go niners!!!!!!!! DEFENSE hell of a game!!!! That’s how you apply that pressure. this is just the start another big game next week, watching from Jersey

  40. By Molaun Smith on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Yeah Baby, thats what Im talking about. Im here in Oklahoma City where most the fans are cowgirl fans. Take that clowns. Im loving it. Good job 49ers. Cant wait to de-wing the seahawks. :p

  41. By corvette49rdave on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Crabtree-
    Here’s hoping you get drafted in the 7th round by Detroit next year you ignorant greedy sob…way to go ‘Niners smackin’ the defending NFC champs in da mouth on their turf to open it up…next up a reality check for the ‘Hawks!

  42. By facedagree on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    WEST COAST BABY!!! YAY AREA. way 2 go niners they played with heart and a winning spirit!!!! Overall good job guy’s.Now lets go seahawk hunting at home fa’sho!!!!!!!

  43. By Deon on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    I’m from Mississippi as well and I am a proud fan of the 49ers. We’re hunting baby, Go 9ers.

  44. By Surferjoe on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Great to see the niners win the opener, but let’s not get too excited. Watching that offense was about as exciting as watching paint dry. The defense does look much improved though. I thought S.Hill looked the worst he has since taking over last season, but I know that was due to the cardinals strong defense. Singletary will hopefully study the films and see that David Bass was getting eaten up all day.He was slow as molasses off the snap. They might need a change there. As for crap-tree; let that greedy punk twist in the wind. I hope the report on Fox-TV today about the niners sending him a letter” that if he didn’t report today they were going to modify his offer”is true. The new offer should be league minimum guaranteed with incentives to get back to the original $20m offer. Go niners!

  45. By RJMacReady on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Good game niners….Im so sick of Crabtree they should kick him off the team and tell him “dont let the door hit you on the a s s on your way out bumb” I cant stand selfish people…he is just another TO …dont want him…dont need him

  46. By RJMacReady on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Chef they had to keep running to keep AZ defense guessing…or they would just sit back and read pass all day…

  47. By Michael on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply


  48. By mike vaughn on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Way to go! Alittle too close for comfort but we have to win those too. We will bring the noise next week to the stick. It will be Eddy D’s Big Day with us so you know it’s a black tie affair gala event. This is where yesterday meets today and we will be victorious. I will see our mob in the stands next week. Keep talking to a minumum this week cause it’s gotta be loud sunday!

  49. By downwitthesouth on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Kimble Powell im from the SIP its a group of us that are 9er fans that are down here celebrating

  50. By Nesto on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Great win today – D came ready to play. If MC doesn’t wanna play football for this team, that’s his issue. Morgan picked up his slack and then some today. Overall, a quality win against the reigning NFC champs

  51. By 49ersFan on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    I’m very impressed w/Singetary. When the game was on the line with the Cardinals driving, he called a timeout and motivated the D. Great call…the players will stand by him and make him proud.

  52. By Steve on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    I am so proud that the 49ers have just beaten the defending NFC champions? I’m looking forward to a repeat the next time that they meet.

  53. By Paul on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Went to the game. Niners played a great defensive game. Offense did enough to get the job done but need to throw the ball more.
    GO NINERS!!!!!!

  54. By Big Vic_DA NINER on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    told you.

  55. By D.SIG on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    still high on niner win, live in nebraska ,not many niner fans here refreshing 2 here possitive comments from other fans this is great!!! lets get 2 next week and keep momentum rollin !GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. By toeknee73 on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    sweet win….now let’s take care of Seattle next week @ home. 49ers 4 Life.

  57. By 49erz85 on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Good job niners u put the nfc champs in there place next week we got the Seahawks

  58. By London_9er on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    I’m in LONDON,U.K.-Europe.Well done 49ers!!!!The FAITHFUL we behind you Spiritually,when we make it to the SUPERBOWL,I’ll definitely want FRONT ROW SEATS!!!Crabtree, its never to late to apologise to MIKE & The fellas,B4 ITS TOO LATE!!!!KEEP RUNNING the BALL,FELLAS & RUN HARD with HEART & BALLS of STEEL!!!

  59. By craig on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    hey i agree with you all but no matter what crabtree would be a very nice addition. but its true crabtree holding out is pretty sad for a guy that wants to play in the NFL!!

  60. By craig on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    oh yeah GO 9ers!!!!

  61. By Connecticut9erfan on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    Fantastic win yesterday!!! Need to keep up the pressure on Hasselback next week and we will be on our way to 2 – 0!!!!!! Go NINERS

  62. By NinerinOmaha on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    As a California native now living in Omaha it is disheartening to see the blatant disrepect the Niner organization endures from the league. When attempting to get information from the normal sources (i.e. ESPN Sportcenter, NFL Network, or HBO inside the NFL) there’s no reporting at all. What’s the deal??? We just beat the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals and all I hear from all networks are about the same old teams. Even, Seattle and the Rams were mentioned. Nothing on the Niner’s and their accomplishments. Am I missing something????

  63. By Skip on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    Larry Fitzgerald would not even shake handa after the game. He ran off the field as soon as the game was over, Very Poor Sportsmanship

  64. By KIMBLE POWELL on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    Nice win yesterday my forthy niners friends we did what no one thought we could do and that is go on the road and beat arizona. Now the focus is to go back home and beat seatle……….hope this wins gives the niners what they needed that they can compete with anybody

  65. By D-9er on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    What a great win.. so proud of our boys who took it to those cinderella wannbe superbowl chumps… We can do great things this year!.. Excited for our guys who finally have a direction and a drive.. DON’T TELL ME SHOW ME.. and that’s what we did to AZ.. watch out Seattle your next!

  66. By LTS on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    I love how well Vernon Davis is playing!

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