*CARDINALS 17, 49ERS 10: The Cardinals are 5-0 for the first time since 1974 after their defense and special teams overcame a poor offensive outing.
*THE CARDINALS DEFENSE CONTINUALLY DELIVERED: The Cardinals stopped the Niners four of five tries on fourth down. Individually, third-year defensive lineman Zach Allen had his most impactful game and Isaiah Simmons stopped Trey Lance on fourth down at the goal line.
*PUNTER ANDY LEE WAS SPECTACULAR: In a game with just 120 offensive plays and two touchdowns, Lee punted four times for an average of 51.5 with only six return yards from ASU alum Brandon Aiyuk.
*THE CARDINALS NEEDED THE DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS TO STEP UP: The offense was not close to exceeding 30 points and 400 yards for a fifth consecutive game to begin the season. Instead, it finished with just 304 yards and 5.1 yards per play.
*THE CARDINALS OFFENSE DID FINISH STRONG: It held the ball for the final 4:12 after the Niners kicked a field goal, capped by James Conner running for eight and four yards on consecutive plays for a first down with 2:33 remaining. The 49ers were unable to stop the clock since they had used two time outs on offense with first-time starting quarterback Trey Lance.
*ON THE INJURY FRONT: The Cardinals overcame multiple key personnel losses with Rodney Hudson (ribs) and Maxx Williams (knee) leaving with injuries. Williams suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury in the second quarter … On the defensive side, the Cardinals were without inactive starting corners Byron Murphy (ribs) and Marco Wilson ribs).
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