Cardinal linebacker Chandler Jones sacked Kaepernick two times, with Calais Campbell also recording a sack.
The close loss was of no consolation to 49ers coach Chip Kelly, whose team has lost eight in a row since winning its opener. "It was a game where I thought we had in hand and we gave it back; and then we weathered the storm and won it". I want to help make America better. It was never a doubt in my mind. Carson Palmer, who is having a awful season by his own standard, played very well last week in Carolina, and will have an excellent opportunity today to shred the 49ers secondary.
Larry Fitzgerald, AKA the Ageless One, moved into sixth place on the NFL's all-time receptions list Sunday when he caught a ridiculous 12 passes for 133 yards Sunday.
It was the first time Kaepernick played in Arizona since his terrible performance a year ago. Keim asked rhetorically. Instead, the Cardinals threw the ball. He missed a couple in the third quarter.
"First and foremost, I think we tackled better", Kelly said.
"Obviously, in the first half of the season, I didn't make the plays that I'm capable of making, but this team is close, and they all had confidence in me", he said. Running back David Johnson was limited to just 24 yards of rushing and though the Cardinals fought back, they ultimately ran out losers 30-20. New England hasn't played much defense this season.
"It's great to see that", Johnson said. "There aren't too many people that will just shut out Larry".
But that was the case Sunday after the Cardinals needed a last-minute drive and a field goal as time expired to escape with a 23-20 win. The Seahawks now hold a two-game lead over the Cardinals.
Let's enjoy it for what it is, even if it was an ugly win. The last time Kaepernick played at University of Phoenix Stadium, he struggled mightily, completing just nine of 19 attempts for 67 yards and four interceptions.More news: American Horror Story: Roanoke Reveals Its Lone Survivor
"It looked like there were some disgusting calls to me at times, but you have to play through that", safety Antoine Bethea said. "I came out here and made plays for the team". "I'm good enough to go".
On that play, Palmer was looking for a receiver in between three zone defenders over the middle, and it was the type of throw Palmer had avoided for most of the day.
At times, Palmer looked like the top quarterback in the league against San Francisco, as he made plenty of great reads and spread the ball around to receivers, running backs and tight ends who were able to exploit mismatches to the tune of 376 passing yards.
They won't feel good about losing a winnable game. It was Johnson's first touchdown reception of the year.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Cardinals are 14-point home favorites versus the 49ers while the over/under now sits at 47.5 points.
Johnson took the ensuing handoff, broke it outside and to the left and ran it in for his second touchdown and a 14-0 lead.
But after three straight blowout losses, at least the 49ers can say they were competitive against an NFC West division rival.
San Francisco scored late in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard Colin Kaepernick run for a touchdown, tying the game up, 20-20. While yet to resume contact work in practice, Hyde said he has a good chance to return for Sunday's game, noting that he's regained full range of motion in his injured shoulder.