Defense Dominates in 23-7 Win

On a day when the offense struggled to finish drives, the defense stepped up and thoroughly dominated the Cardinals to lead the 49ers to a 23-7 win.

The defense forced five turnovers and held Arizona to 52 yards in the first half. Patrick Willis led the way with an interception and a forced fumble. Donte Whitner and Dashon Goldson also had interceptions. Larry Fitzgerald was held to three receptions for 41 yards and the Cardinals’ lone touchdown.

Despite moving the ball well, the offense only managed to score nine points in the first half on three David Akers’ field goals. Akers missed three other attempts, two of which were blocked. They finally got into the end zone in the third quarter on touchdown receptions from Kyle Williams and Vernon Davis. Alex Smith had another strong game with 267 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Michael Crabtree had his best game of the year with seven receptions for 120 yards. Frank Gore battled through a knee injury to run for 88 yards.

The 49ers improve to 9-1 and face a short week to prepare for the much anticipated Thanksgiving night matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

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