Playing on a muddy field after many hours of rain, the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers got off to a crazy start to their NFC West Division rival game. Before half of the first quarter was over we saw John Skelton throw an interception and the the Calais Campbell block his third field goal (video here) of the season and fifth of his career. 49ers kicker David Akers then missed a 49-yard field goal after picking Skelton.
Skelton, getting his third start in place of the injured Kevin Kolb, looked shaky to say the least. He started the game 0-5 with one interception against the highly regarded Niner defense.
The Cardinals defense continues to show the improvement we've seen over the past few weeks but did allow 59-yard drive to within a few yards of the end zone.
Arizona was able to hold and force a field goal. That sequence repeated itself again after Beanie Wells fumbled the ball and gave the 49ers possession starting at the Arizona 26. The defense held again and forced a field goal to give the home team a 6-0 lead.
After one quarter of play, Skelton is 1-6 for zero yards with an interception. Beanie Wells has 19 yards on four carries with a fumble, his third on the season. The Cardinals have no first downs and only 15 yards offense. The Niners have 125 yards with 91 of that through the air.
The two turnovers and almost no offense, the Cardinals are lucky to only be down 6-0.