The 49ers, Cardinals and Monday Night Football are no strangers to each other. In fact, San Francisco has six MNF matchups with Arizona all-time, including five of the past six years. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group examined tonight’s tilt in the desert and the burgeoning rivalry between the two divisional foes.
“No, it’s not as historic as the Bears-Packers, Cowboys-Redskins or Raiders-Chiefs,” Inman wrote. “It’s also not the type of high-stakes rivalry the 49ers have forged with the Cowboys and Giants. But the 49ers and Cardinals aren’t friendly neighbors in the increasingly competitive NFC West.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate rounds up the best headlines from the weekend and offers more insight on tonight’s primetime showdown.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle previewed the 49ers-Cardinals Week 8 matchup.
NFL Network explained why Frank Gore could play a huge role on Monday night.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee noted that the 49ers are giving up few big plays through the air in 2012.
Inman spoke to legendary NFL coach John Madden, who is impressed with the 49ers offensive line.
Branch passed along comments from people around the league who are speaking highly of guard Mike Iupati.
Barrows analyzed the impact of 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.
Inman relayed the comments of offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who discussed the measures opposing defenses have taken to slow down Davis this season.
NFL Films put together a video preview for 49ers-Cardinals.
49ers.com’s weekend coverage included Jim Harbaugh’s comments on the birth of CEO Jed York’s son, Brown vs. Fitzgerald, the latest Niner Talk podcast with Bruce Miller, Donte Whitner’s new blog post and updates from Andy Lee and Clark Haggans.
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