Here are some extra notes from the 49ers 32-20 win over the Cardinals after further film review:
-Corey Lemonier's pass rushing abilities were vital to getting stops on defense. The secondary allowed several receivers to get open, but Carson Palmer was unable to hit them on target. There was just enough pressure to alter Palmer's throws throughout the game. His safety was significant because momentum was all on the Cardinals' side after a turnover by the offense.
-Speaking of the interception, Colin Kaepernick's throw was not a poor decision. Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby made a play when deflecting it and the ball fell into the hands of Yeremiah Bell. While Jim Harbaugh said the play would be a touchdown pass to Bruce Miller if it wasn't tipped, I think it would have been a close play.
-Joe Staley and Anthony Davis has great games in terms of run blocking and in pass protection. Davis had an obvious penalty for clipping, but both players helped create holes on the 18-play drive. I didn't see Kaepernick under pressure for majority of the game.
-From talking about the secondary allowing Cardinals WRs to get open, Tarell Brown was responsible for majority of it. He had a rough game as Brittan Golden and Larry Fitzgerald were open multiple times. Had Carson Palmer looked at the entire field before throwing the ball, this game could have had a different outcome.
-On the 75-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald, both Tramaine Brock and Donte Whitner were a little too greedy when trying to go for the interception and forced fumble, respectively. With the missed tackles occurring, Fitzgerald had a wide open field to roam and scored the touchdown. This greed happened several times when Andre Ellington was carrying the ball and linebackers would miss tackles. Patrick Willis had redemption when he stripped Larry Fitzgerald in the third quarter.
-Play calling wasn't an issue on the first two possessions that were in the red zone for the 49ers. The Cardinals defense just stopped the run and established a stronghold on the front-seven. Frank Gore was held to only 20 yards on 10 carries. It wasn't as if the 49ers stopped running the ball, things were not working on the ground.
-The Cardinals took advantage of Glenn Dorsey's injury by pounding the ball on the ground. However, Ray McDonald showed he was limited on the field as he became a liability in run stopping. Linebackers had trouble making plays on the ground until the running back was already down the field.
-The special teams coverage units were good with C.J. Spillman making tackles and no momentum went the Cardinals way. However, the punt returns by Kyle Williams were mostly fair catches and he also muffed a kick return.
-Last week's game against Houston was short because there were no reviews or coach challenges. In this case, there were two challenges by Jim Harbaugh and both were regarding the spot of the ball. There were several incomplete passes which made the game last almost four hours.