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49ers vs. Cardinals: Arizona shut down by San Francisco, loses 24-3

The Arizona Cardinals dropped their fourth game in a row to the San Francisco 49ers, as they fell back to .500 on the season.

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Cardinals will stick with John Skelton

Arizona Cardinals' coach Ken Whisenhunt said the team will stick with John Skelton at quarterback despite calls for rookie Ryan Lindley to have an opportunity.

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Patrick Peterson has rough night for the Cards

Patrick Peterson seemed to struggle in all facets of the game on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

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The good and the bad from Monday night's game

Believe it or not, there were both.

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Cards aren't as good or as bad as we have seen

The Cards aren't as good as their 4-0 start and they aren't as bad as their Monday loss

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Whiz: "This was a big test for us tonight"

What the coach and players said postgame.

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49ers take control of NFC West with 24-3 win

The San Francisco 49ers cruised to a 24-3 win against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, taking a two-game lead in the NFC West.

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If you didn't hear, the Cards aren't that great

There was a Monday Night Football game today? If I didn't know any better, I would have thought it was cancelled.

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San Francisco lead 24-3 after three

Randy Moss showed up in a big way on football's greatest primetime stage as he has grown accustomed to over the course of his career, catching his 18th touchdown pass in 19 career games on Monday Night Football.

He scored with a nifty catch and run on a 47-yard strike from Alex Smith hat put the San Francisco 49ers up 24-0 in the third quarter.

Arizona responded by methodically driving down the field on a 14-play, 70-hard drive and putting up their first points of the contest on a 28-yard field goal by Jay Feely. That made the score 24-3 as the fourth quarter gets underway. The boos rung loudly throughout University of Phoenix Stadium as the home crowd was clearly unhappy with the team's inability to score a touchdown after putting together the impressive drive.

Smith continued his masterful performance and went 17-for18 for 223 yards through three quarters, adding three touchdowns and no interceptions. The ground game has been effieicent for the 49ers as well, as running back Frank Gore leads all rushers with 55 yards on 17 carries.

Michael Crabree has had a stellar game for the 49ers, amassing five catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns in the contest.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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San Francisco leads 17-0 at half

Michael Crabtree and Alex Smith continue to be in synch as the San Francisco 49ers have dominated the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football in Phoenix and lead the contest, 17-0 at the half.

Smith connected with Crabtree to cap an eight-play, 68-yard drive that took just two minutes, 48 seconds to complete in the second quarter. Crabtree leads all of the game's receivers with four catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Smith has been efficient in the first half, connecting on 14-of-15 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.

Arizona has struggled mightily on offense, and has just 42 total yards. The 49ers vaunted run defense has lived up to its top billing and nearly held the Cardinals to negative yardage in the first half as running back LaRod Stephens-Howling carried the ball seven times for six yards on the ground.

The Cardinals will receive the ball to begin the second half.

This post originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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49ers strike first on MNF, lead 7-0 vs. Cardinals

Alex Smith went 6-for-6 and capped off the 49ers 10-play, 77-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Crabtree to give the San Francisco 49ers a 7-0 lead over the Arizona Cardinals after one quarter of play on Monday night.

The Niners continued to play their brand of smashmouth football and bait the Cardinals into stacking the box. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter combined to carry the ball 11 times for a total of 67 yards on the ground.

Their relentless commitment to the running game is what allowed Smith to hit tight end Delanie Walker with a perfect 23-yard strike to set up the score.

Arizona began the game with promise when the first play of the game netted the Cardinals 24 yards on a screen pass from John Skelton to LaRod Stephens-Howling. The 49ers defense managed to induce a quick thee-and-out following the big play and would hold Arizona to just 22 total yards in the first quarter.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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Cardinals RB relishes opportunity on MNF

The Arizona Cardinals running back knows how important it is to get a win against a key NFC West rival on a national stage, but he and the team are approaching it like any other contest.

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The keys to victory for the Cardinals

Whoever wins will it atop the NFC West

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Need to know info for the SF vs. AZ game Monday

Here's all the information you need to know for the Monday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.

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Cards/49ers game preview

What do you want to know about this game?

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Kolb should restructure his contract for 2013

Kevin Kolb's frequent injuries and mediocre play could find him out of the Cardinals organization in 2013. If he stays, things will probably look a little different.

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Cardinals need Bobby Massie to improve vs. 49ers

Massie has statistically been the worst offensive tackle in football this season. He'll need to step up against the 49ers.

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49ers getting healthy before Monday Night Football

Examining Friday's injury report for the San Francisco 49ers.

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Darnell Dockett, Todd Heap still limited

A couple of Cardinals were upgraded in practice on Friday, but Darnell Dockett and Todd Heap remained limited.

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Darnell Dockett expects physical clash vs. 49ers

Darnell Dockett thinks Monday's clash between the Cardinals and 49ers will be a physical battle and he expects his boys to come out on top.

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Joe Staley misses practice due to illness

San Francisco left tackle Joe Staley did not practice on Thursday due to an illness.

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Darnell Dockett limited in practice on Thursday

The Cardinals practiced for the first time this week and Darnell Dockett was among the players limited.

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Cardinals excited for first MNF game in two years

The Cardinals are excited for their Monday night showdown with the 49ers.

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Skelton realizes the importance of clash with 9ers

The Cardinals have lost three consecutive games and could use a win against a division rival to regain the forward momentum they had during a 4-0 start to the 2012 season.

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Patrick Peterson shoots for the stars

Patrick Peterson set a goal for himself before the season to get 10 interceptions, but at the rate he is going, that seems highly unlikely.

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NFL lines and odds Week 8: 49ers vs. Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals return home this week, but opened as 4-point underdogs to the 49ers.

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Week 8 NFL picks: 49ers vs. Cardinals

The Cardinals and 49ers are playing for the NFC West lead, but not many NFL analysts are picking the Cardinals to win.

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Cards vs. Niners, Pats-Rams in London in Week 8

The Cardinals face off against the 49ers on Monday night, and the NFL goes international.

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Calais Campbell 'hates' the 49ers

The Cardinals and 49ers meet on Monday night, and it appears there is no love lost between the two teams.

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Crezdon Butler returns to Cardinals practice squad

The Arizona Cardinals have brought Crezdon Butler back to the practice squad after the they released fellow cornerback Greg McCoy.

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John Skelton's mistake overshadowed big game

John Skelton completed 69 percent of his passes for the Arizona Cardinals and looked solid, but one interception was the difference.

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Cards easily could be 6-1 -- really.

The Cards really can get on the winning side of things again.

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Cards are home underdogs on Monday night vs. 49ers

The Cardinals host the 49ers in a key NFC West battle on Monday, and they will be looking for an upset.

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