Arizona (4-10) at San Francisco (6-8) Sunday 4:05 pm EST
SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- The San Francisco 49ers stayed alive
in the playoff race with a victory over the Seattle Seahawks
last week. Now they hope to keep the pressure on the defending
Guard Larry Allen, who signed with San Francisco after being
released by Dallas, was named to the Pro Bowl for the 11th time.
Alex Smith threw three touchdowns and ran for another score and
Gore rushed for 144 yards in the Niners' 24-14 win at Seattle on
December 14, completing a sweep of their NFC West rivals. That
would give San Francisco the edge in the tiebreaker for the
division title if the teams finish 8-8.
The Cardinals close the season with road games against San
Francisco and San Diego. Last week, Leinart threw for 214 yards
with no touchdowns and was intercepted twice and sacked three
times in a 37-20 loss to Denver.
Arizona had two players selected to the Pro Bowl - wide receiver
Anquan Boldin and safety Adrian Wilson. Boldin has 75 catches
for 1,027 yards and four touchdowns and Wilson has four
interceptions, including one he returned for a score, and four
The San Francisco 49ers are holding on to slim playoff hopes. This game features a matchup between two young quarterbacks who have very good arm strength and extremely smart in their positional play. Quarterback Matt Leinart has played very well in his first year as starter for the Cardinals, and shows to have very good poise and presence in the pocket.
QB Alex Smith has shown great improvement in his second year as the 49ers' quarterback. Despite both quarterbacks being young, these two players are poised to be very productive and successful quarterbacks for their respective clubs.
This game also features a very good pair of running backs with Frank Gore for the 49ers and Edgerrin James of the Cardinals. Both of these runners have very good power and vision to set up their blocks and make positive yards, making for an exciting matchup. This game looks to be a battle of which team will be able to establish the run game and how well two young quarterbacks are able to manage their respective offenses.