49ers-Cardinals Game Preview


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The 49ers opened the week as huge favorites against the Arizona Cardinals; the line now sitting at 17 points.  With a 49ers win, they will take the NFC West title two seasons in a row.  With a Vikings win over the Packers, the 49ers will claim the number 2 seed in the NFC, get a first round bye and will host their first playoff game at home.

Player Notes:

Justin Smith.  Smith is still out due to a partially torn triceps.  Ricky Jean-Francois will step up in his place for the second game in a row.  All eyes should be on Jean-Francois to see how the defense can make up for the loss of Smith.

With the loss of Mario Manningham due to ACL and PCL tears in the Seattle game last week, San Francisco signed Tony Jerod-Eddie off the practice squad to help the rotation at defensive end.

Vernon Davis is listed as questionable and has not yet passed the contact test.  He has, however, returned to practice in a non-contact jersey after passing two of the three tests required to be cleared to play. Should Davis not pass the final test requirement, Delanie Walker steps into the number 1 tight end spot and Garrett Celek slides into the number 2 spot.

Aldon Smith is still looking to break the single season sack record currently held by Michael Strahan.  Smith needs 3.5 sacks in Sunday’s game to break the record.

Michael Crabtree is looking to have a 1,000-yard receiving season.  He needs 67 yards to reach this mark.

The 49ers need to dominate the Cardinals in this division rivalry to gain momentum going into the playoffs.

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