In the final week of the 2013 regular-season, the San Francisco 49ers travel to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC West showdown. The 49ers have won the past three matchups against the Cardinals and have beaten Arizona in eight of the last nine games.
The playoff scenarios for the 49ers in Week 17 could not be more wide open. A playoff spot is already clinched, but San Francisco could end up as high as the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs, or as low as the No. 6 seed.
Should the 49ers beat the Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks lose to the St. Louis Rams and the Carolina Panthers lose against the Atlanta Falcons, it would give San Francisco the top seed in the NFC.
With a San Francisco win, plus a loss by Seattle, the 49ers would clinch the No. 2 spot and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.
If the Seahawks prevail at home over the Rams, Seattle is the No. 1 seed with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. If the 49ers win, they would retain the No. 5 seed. Another scenario for San Francisco at the No. 5 seed is a loss to Arizona, a win by the Seahawks, plus a New Orleans Saints loss.
A loss by the 49ers and win by the Saints, San Francisco is the No. 6 seed.
RB Frank Gore currently has 9,953 career rushing yards. With 47 rushing yards against the Cardinals, he would become just the 29th player in NFL history to reach 10,000 rushing yards.
QB Colin Kaepernick is 38 rushing yards shy of breaking Steve Young’s single-season rushing record (537 yards) for a 49ers QB that was set in 1992.
Despite having a five-game winning streak and a playoff berth clinched, the 49ers are underdogs against the Cardinals.
Arizona QB Carson Palmer is 133 yards shy of his fourth 4,000-yard passing season of his career.
A victory would make the Cardinals 3-0 vs. NFC West opponents this season after going 0-3 in first three meetings.
Game Day Information
San Francisco 49ers (11-4) vs. Arizona Cardinals (10-5)
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 1:25 PM (PT)
Weather: Indoor stadium, natural grass
Odds: Arizona by 3; over/under: 43 over
Play-By-Play: Kenny Albert
Color Analyst: Daryl Johnston
Sideline Reporter: Tony Siragusa
Online: If you only have access to the Internet your best chance to watch the game is on NFL Game Rewind. (Note: This is a subscription service and you cannot watch the game until after its completion.)
49ERS RADIO NETWORK
KGO 680 AM & The Bone 107.7 FM
Play-By-Play: Ted Robinson
Color Analyst: Eric Davis
Play-By-Play: Erwin Higueros
Color Analyst: Jesus Zarate
SPORTS USA (National)
Play-By-Play: Larry Kahn
Color Analyst: John Robinson
Sideline Reporter: Troy West
49ERS (rank) CARDINALS (rank)
11-4 (2nd NFCW) Record 10-5 (3rd NFCW)
25.5 (t-10th) Points Per Game 23.9 (t-16th)
320.3 (24th) Total Offense 337.3 (21st)
141.2 (3rd) Rushing Offense 97.1 (23rd)
179.1 (31st) Passing Offense 240.2 (13th)
30:46 (11th) Possession Average 30:45 (12th)
16.8 (3rd) Points Allowed Per Game 20.1 (7th)
305.9 (3rd) Total Defense 313.6 (6th)
96.8 (5th) Rushing Defense 84.5 (1st)
209.1 (4th) Passing Defense 229.1 (t-15th)
37 (t-17th) Sacks 45 (5th)
17 (t-8th) Interceptions 20 (t-4th)
48.6 (2nd) Punting Avg. (Gross) 45.6 (12th)
+10 (t-6th) Turnover Differential +1 (t-14th)
Out: WR Mario Manningham (knee)
Questionable: LB Dan Skuta (foot)
Probable: LB NaVorro Bowman (wrist), CB Tarell Brown (ribs), WR Michael Crabtree (wrist, ankle), C Jonathan Goodwin (not injury related), RB Frank Gore (knee), G Mike Iupati (knee), TE Vance McDonald (ankle), WR Kassim Osgood (shin), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
Questionable: LB John Abraham (groin), G Daryn Colledge (back), S Rashad Johnson (ankle)
Probable: DT Darnell Dockett (shoulder), TE Rob Housler (groin), RB Rashard Mendenhall (finger), QB Carson Palmer (right elbow, ankle), T Nate Potter (ribs), LB Matt Shaughnessy (groin), QB Drew Stanton (knee), LB Daryl Washington (ankle)