Despite having the same yards per play, the San Francisco 49ers still emerged dominant over the Arizona Cardinals for their week 18 match-up at Levi’s Stadium.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy had a big day on Sunday, leading the team to the biggest victory of their season. The win secured them the number two seed in the NFC playoffs and ensured that they would have at least a few more weeks before having to go on the road for games.
Purdy connected for three touchdown passes for his sixth straight game with multiple TDs, including two to George Kittle and one to Christian McCaffrey.
He was also able to overcome two sacks from J.J. Watt, who had his final game, making it a memorable way to end his stellar career with the team. With their tenth consecutive victory and home-field advantage secured, 49ers fans are looking forward to seeing what their team is capable of in the postseason.
New GM Coming Up for Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals have signaled a period of transition with the announcement that Steve Keim will no longer be their general manager, and Kliff Kingsbury is no longer their head coach. This marks the first time in almost a decade that the team has had to search for a new general manager, as well as a full coaching staff.
As per the release:
“The Arizona Cardinals Football Club today announced that head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been relieved of his duties. In addition, General Manager Steve Keim has decided to step away from his position to focus on his health. The team wishes them well and thanks both of them for their contributions.”
The Arizona Cardinals have wasted no time in addressing the important mission of finding the team’s new leader. Already, they have sought permission from the Chicago Bears to meet with assistant general manager Ian Cunningham and have since also presented a request to the San Francisco 49ers for interviews with Ran Carthon or Adam Peters.
While a decision has yet to be made, it’s clear that the Cardinals are leaving no stone unturned as they work towards their choice of aiming for success through effective management.
Niners vs Seahawks in Wildcard
The San Francisco 49ers’ playoff landscape changed significantly in the closing weeks of the regular season. The Niners needed some help to secure the second seed and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and that help came in the form of a tiebreaker over Minnesota.
Although Philadelphia’s victory over the Giants dashed San Francisco’s hopes at a first-round bye, they’ll now turn their focus to hosting Seattle in Saturday’s wild-card game. They open as heavy 10-point favorites per DraftKings sportsbook while the total is set at 42.5.