The streak of over 30 points and over 400 offensive yards disappeared on Sunday, a result that was clear early in the game at State Farm Stadium.
The winning streak? It is not finished. Not yet. Not with the Cardinals winning in a new way against the San Francisco 49ers, overtaking their NFC rivals West, 17-10, with a record defense and timely connections between their Pro Bowl quarterback and their receiver. off the Pro Bowl.
The Cardinals are 5-0 for the first time since 1974, 14 years before the team even moved to Arizona, to remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.
“We are resilient,” said security Budda Baker. “Especially on the defensive end of the ball, we are made for these situations.
“We kind of like it in a way, compared to last year when it was like, ‘ahhhhh’, this year it’s like, ‘Come on, let’s go.’ “
The 49ers (2-3) played rookie quarterback Trey Lance, forced into the lineup with a calf injury from starter Jimmy Garoppolo. They were without star tight end George Kittle, who is in the casualty reserve.
But the Cardinals were without starting cornerbacks Byron Murphy and Marco Wilson, and suffered an emotional blow when tight end Maxx Williams came out with a serious right knee injury, then starting center Rodney Hudson came out with a rib injury.
Lance particularly damaged his legs, often carrying the ball between tackles, much like the Panthers did with Cam Newton of similar size. On five occasions, the 49ers have tried to use that size (or its threat) to attempt fourth base.
The Cardinals have stopped the Niners on four occasions, including Lance’s attempt to score on the goal line in the first half that technically ended in a sack and literally a violent collision between Lance and linebackers Isaiah Simmons and Tanner Vallejo.