NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (11-4) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-5)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (11-4) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-5)
49ERS: Clinched playoff spot. Can win NFC West & No. 1 seed…QB COLIN KAEPERNICK is 2-0 vs. Az. with 103.5 rating. Incl. playoffs, when he starts & has 100+ rating, 49ers are 12-0…RB FRANK GORE rushed for 101 yards in Week 6. Has 1,114 rush yards, his 7th 1,000-yard season…In last meeting, TE VERNON DAVIS had 8 catches for 180 yards & 2 TDs. Since 2009 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 48 TDs. Has 10 TDs in past 12. WR ANQUAN BOLDIN returns to Az. Played 1st 7 seasons with Cards (2003-09) & had 586 catches for 7,520 yards with 44 TDs. Has 1,030 rec. yards, his 6th 1,000-yard season. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has 13 catches for 244 yards (122 per game) & 4 TDs in past 2 meetings…LB NA VORRO BOWMAN leads team with 133 tackles. Had 89-yard INT-TD last week. Since entering NFL in 2007, LB PATRICK WILLIS is only player with 20+ sacks (20.5), 15+ FF (16) & 7+ INTs (7). LB AHMAD BROOKS has 7 sacks in 8 meetings. DT JUSTIN SMITH has 4 sacks in past 5. Rookie S ERIC REID is only NFC player with 4 INTs & 2 FR…
CARDINALS: Have won 7 of past 8…QB CARSON PALMER has 3,867 yards & needs 133 to reach 4,000. Would be 1st in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards with 3 teams…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL has 5 rush TDs in past 6. RookieRB ANDRE ELLINGTON had TD & avg. 8 yards/carry in Week 6…WR LARRY FITZGERALD had 6 catches for 117 yards & TD (75 yards) in last meeting. Has 5 TDs in past 6. Since 2007 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL with 72 rec. TDs. WR MICHAEL FLOYD had GW TD last week. In past 7, has 25 catches, all for 1st down. Needs 50 yards for 1st 1,000-yard season…LB KARLOS DANSBY is 1 of 4 in NFL history & 1st since 1994 with 6+ sacks (6.5), 4 INTs & 2 INT-TDs in season. Ties for 1st in NFC with 109 solo tackles. LB DARYL WASHINGTON has 3 sacks in past 2 home meetings. LB JOHN ABRAHAM is active leader with 133.5 sacks & 48 FFs. Since 2011, CB-PR PATRICK PETERSON is only player with 10+ INTs (12) & 3+ PR-TDs (4). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL has sack in 3 of past 4 vs. SF. Had 2 sacks last week.