San Francisco, CA – The offense continues to find ways to score however, the player that finds himself open is the mystery in each game. The Forty-Niners dominated the Arizona Cardinals in a 32-30 victory and you can thank Vernon Davis for always finding ways to get the ball.
“When you’re in a zone, it’s like you’re on a high and you can’t come down,” said Davis. “It’s a beautiful thing. He was able to find me several times, we started to click and we were on the same page.
Davis says that’s the game is all about, “having that chemistry with your quarterback.
Vernon recorded a career-high 180 yards with 8 receptions that led to two touchdowns. This marked his 6th career multi-touchdown game, and second of the season. He became the first tight end in franchise history to record a touchdown reception of 60 yards or more in consecutive weeks.
Davis had a 64-yard touchdown reception on October 6, against the Houston Texans. He registered 7 receptions in the first half for 171 yards, which is the most by any player in a half this season. The last tight end player to achieve this was Shannon Sharpe, who recorded 172 receptions in the second half at Kansas City on October 20, 2002.
“Vernon’s open most of the time,” Colin Kaepernick said. “So, the more we get the ball in his hands, the more we let him use his speed, the better.”
Kaepernick found Davis twice after a slow start in the first quarter. Colin connected with Vernon for the 61-yard touchdown to start the second and later found him again for a 25-yard touchdown with less than 2 minutes remaining in the quarter. That gave San Francisco a 22-14 lead heading into the half.
“You can’t come into a place like this and do that against a team like this and expect to win,” said Carson Palmer.
Palmer made it pretty easy for the 49ers. He was inconsistent on the offense, he was 24 for 41 for 298 yards that included a 75-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the first quarter. And Andre Ellington rushed for a 15-yard touchdown in the second. But that wasn’t enough to stop the soaring 49ers offense.
A huge play before the half ended, might have taken the momentum out of Arizona for good. Michael Floyd was flagged for pass interference when he pushed Tarrell Brown out of the way before making a 44-yard touchdown catch that was ruled dead. Floyd got another chance in the third when got around Brown for a 10-yard touchdown.
But the two-point conversion to follow was incomplete leaving the Cardinals down 22-20. It was all San Francisco in the fourth, especially when one play lasted almost 10 minutes. The 18-play drive engineered by Colin is the longest play in the NFL this season. With 1:07 remaining in the third, it took off 9:32 off the clock but it was well worth it resulting in Kyle William’s 6-yard touchdown to extend the 49ers lead 29-20.
“It was huge to the win,” 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Definitely, the game could have gone different ways….but I thought our players really toughed it out when they had to.”