Cardinals 26

(5-10, 2-5 away)

49ers 20

(6-9, 4-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, December 24, 2006

Monster Park, San Francisco, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
ARI 10 10 0 626
SF 3 3 7 720

Top Performers

Passing: A. Smith (SF) - 190 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: E. James (ARI) - 29 CAR, 105 YDS

Receiving: L. Fitzgerald (ARI) - 4 REC, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Arizona (4-10) at San Francisco (6-8)

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 NFC champions.

The Niners host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a battle of NFC West rivals while the Seahawks face the San Diego Chargers, who own the best record in the AFC.

However, the Cardinals have won the last three meetings with the Niners, including a 34-27 victory in the season opener.

Kurt Warner threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns and Larry Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 133 yards.

Of course, the Cardinals have since switched to rookie Matt Leinart, who is 3-7 since taking over as the starter.

The season opener at Arizona was a sign of things to come for Niners running back Frank Gore, who collected 170 yards of total offense and ran for a pair of touchdowns.

A third-round pick in 2005, Gore leads the NFC with 1,491 rushing yards and has 53 catches for 418 yards.

On Tuesday, Gore was named as a Pro Bowl starter ahead of Tiki Barber of the New York Giants and Steven Jackson of St. Louis.

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 sacks.


Passing Leaders

D. Stanton55.0171175
C. Palmer62.91626113
C. Kaepernick60.533691910
B. Gabbert42.93810

Rushing Leaders

A. Ellington2016603.33
K. Williams532464.60
F. Gore25511064.34
C. Kaepernick1046396.11

Receiving Leaders

M. Floyd4784117.96
L. Fitzgerald6378412.42
A. Boldin83106212.85
M. Crabtree6869810.34

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsARI
Yards PassingARI
Yards RushingARI
Yards AllowedARI
Pass Yds AllowedARI
Rush Yds AllowedARI

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 5-5
Sep 10, 2006ARI 34, SF 27
Dec 4, 2005ARI 17, @SF 10
Oct 2, 2005ARI 31, SF 14
Dec 12, 2004ARI 28, SF 31
Oct 10, 2004ARI 28, @SF 31
Dec 7, 2003ARI 14, @SF 50
Oct 26, 2003ARI 16, SF 13
Dec 21, 2002ARI 14, SF 17
Oct 27, 2002ARI 28, @SF 38