Cardinals dominate 49ers 47-7 – Arizona’s defense returned two of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s first four passes for touchdowns, setting the tone for a crushing 47-7 NFL victory in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday afternoon.
The Cardinal defense was dominating, intercepting Kaepernick four times and getting 24 total points off those turnovers.
Kaepernick’s first pass of the game came on a third-and-13 from his own 12-yard line. Vernon Davis was the intended receiver but Arizona’s Justin Bethel grabbed it and ran untouched into the end zone.
On their next possession, Kaepernick threw a sideline pass to Anquan Boldin, but the Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu stepped in front of Boldin, intercepted the pass, and ran 33 yards for another touchdown.
The shellshocked 49ers never recovered from the disastrous start, and the Cardinal defense continued to wreck havoc on the San Francisco offense. Arizona led 31-7 by halftime.
“Their passing game has simplified so much,” Mathieu reportedly said after the game. “It was easy for us to anticipate routes and just get some good breaks on the ball.”
In one of the worst games of his career, Kaepernick finished just 9 for 19 for 67 yards and a quarterback rating of 16.7. He accepted responsibility for the loss.
“Very hard to see myself go out and play like that and hurt this team the way I did,” said Kaepernick. “I nullified all the efforts of every player on the field today.”
Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 134 yards and two TDs, and Chris Johnson had 110 yards rushing and two TDs.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians noted, “that was a pretty good football game for us.” It was the franchise’s biggest margin of victory since 1970.
Arizona put up 446 total yards compared to just 156 for San Francisco.
The Cardinals are now 3-0 on the season and in first place in the NFC West. The 49ers fell to 1-2.