Put another “W” in the win column for the San Franciso 49ers. The Niners beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-7 in Candlestick Park after a slow start to the game. It was a tough game for Niner’s Kicker David Akers, he started the game by getting his first field goal attempt blocked. He would then miss his next field goal attempt and later in the first half Akers would get another field goal attempt blocked. In all Akers went 3/6 in the first half. But David Akers was not the only Niner having a rough first half, QB Alex Smith missed in a couple of touchdown passes. Alex had WR Braylon Edwards open in the endzone, but the pass was too high and went off the finger tips of Edwards. Later in the first half Alex would over throw WR Michael Crabtree, he was wide open in the end zone after running a great route. The halftime score would be 9-0 eventhough the Niners dominated the first half in virtually all statistics.
The second half was a whole different story for the Niners. Alex Smith would throw two touchdown passes in the third quarter. The first to WR Kyle Williams and the second to TE Vernon Davis. The score would jump to 23-0 and the Niners would take control of the game. The Cardinals scored in the fourth quarter on WR Larry Fitzgerald’s touchdown catch, giving the Cards their only score of the game. It was a dominating effort by the Niners. The defense played lights out like they always do. Niners forced four turnovers on defense and one on special teams. Causing Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt to bench QB John Skelton. The Niners keep showing the leauge why they are Super Bowl contenders.
The player who caught my eye during the game was Klye Williams. Williams had five receptions, for 54 yards, and one touchdown. It is my opinion that Williams should be the Niners third option at reciever. WR Ted Ginn Jr. is a great returner, however he has struggled as a wide reciever. Williams shows some really good hands and quickness in and out of his routes. He will only add explosiveness to the Niners offense. The other thing that caught my eye, along with many Niner fans, was the scuffle between FS Dashon Goldson and Cardinal’s WR Early Doucet. Hopefully this does not mean a suspension for Goldson because we need his grit and tenacity for the Baltimore Ravens. On a lighter note, I believe that Goldson would make an awesome UFC fighter. I mean, did you see that left-right combination!? To wrap things up, the Niners had a great performance against the Cards. I can not wait to play the Ravens. GO NINERS!