For a group which took its lumps early on, the Cardinals’ offense ended the year with some pretty impressive individual numbers.
Rookie running back
“There are a lot of things I learned as the season went on,” Palmer said. “There are a lot of experiences within certain plays and within certain protections for sure I kind of figured out, and there are things you don’t figure out sitting in a classroom and it being drawn up on a chalkboard. There are things you experience. This offense is something that can be very dangerous going into year two.”
Floyd and Ellington are both only 24 years old, so their futures seem bright.
“It’s kind of like when you lay your foundation and you can build upon it,” Ellington said. “We have a great thing going here.”
ALAMEDA TA’AMU LIKELY HAS TORN ACL
Nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu likely tore his ACL in the second quarter. He will have an MRI on Monday, but could be looking at a lengthy rehabilitation.
“We don’t know how long that injury is going to last,” coach Bruce Arians said. “Again, when young guys get hurt in December, it’s tough to get them back by September.”
Ta’amu’s platoon partner,
“My whole thing is, I’ve been ready for this all year,” Williams said. “Just to get the opportunity to play more – just step up. I have always carried the load, but having a guy like ’Meda on the team, you can’t keep a guy like that on the sidelines. When he went down it was my job to step up.”
ANQUAN BOLDIN BITES THE CARDINALS
Cardinals fans saw a familiar sight in the first quarter, as the team’s former star receiver, Anquan Boldin, hauled in six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown and took an end around for 11 yards.
He finished the day with nine catches for 149 yards, including a key grab to set up San Francisco’s game-winning field goal. Boldin’s longest reception came on a simple crossing pattern when he shook off an attempted tackle by
“What a football player,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “You can sum him up right there: Football player. That pretty much summarizes everything good that you can say about a football player. He’s all of it. Leadership, big-play ability, competitiveness. Competitive always. Great talent.”
Said Cardinals linebacker
UP AND DOWN DAY FOR KICKERS
“You just got to make those kicks,” Feely said. “No excuse, no reason not to.”
He did rebound to hit a 43-yard attempt to tie the game at 20 with 29 seconds remaining.
49ers kicker Phil Dawson missed a 24-yard attempt at the end of the first half to snap a streak of 27 straight successful field goals, but rebounded to hit a 56-yarder and the game-winning 40-yarder in the final 1:45 of regulation.
“I saw him on the wrong side of these things in Cleveland for so many years and having been with Phil, I didn’t think he’d miss the kick,” Arians said.