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49ers vs. Cardinals Film Review: No pass rushing involved

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Here are some extra notes on the 49ers 23-20 win over the Cardinals:

-The pass rushing was non-existent for most of the game against an immobile Carson Palmer. Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks did hit the quarterback a few times, but he got rid of the ball every time. You can argue Arizona designed their playbook for Palmer to be ready for blitzes and quick rushes, however, there were several times he had a long time to throw in the pocket.

-This was the second game in a row Carlos Rogers was burned by the Cardinals receivers. As said last week, he should be the first cap casualty this offseason.

-What more can you say about NaVorro Bowman? The linebacker was everywhere in making his case to be the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. From an interception where he took advantage of a mistake by Palmer, to a forced fumble where he recovered it as well. He also had a sack in the game on Carson Palmer. There is no way the 49ers defense would be the same without him as he also stopped the run while in the box.

-The 49ers have given up a touchdown to a tight end in that last four games. From Luke Wilson, Tim Wright, Tony Gonzalez and Jake Ballard, who all scored once. Moving forward, the 49ers will need to keep track of any tight ends when in the red zone as Wilson was the only catch and run touchdown.

-Both play calls on running the ball to Anthony Dixon will be a question going forward. While it shouldn't repeat again, the 49ers have had trouble in short yardage situations. Whether it's a pass play or ground play to someone not named Frank Gore, the 49ers haven't tricked anyone yet.

-Besides the Quinton Patton's big catch before the Phil Dawson field goal, he made a key block for Anquan Boldin's 63-yard catch and run. It will take time for him to get used to the 49ers system, but he has a bright future ahead.


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