49ers Jimmy Garoppolo put the league on blast over the Cardinals

There are those we thought they were.

The San Francisco 49ers continue to prove they are Super Bowl contenders as the NFL moves through the second half of the regular season.

San Francisco’s last chance to show that it’s one of the best teams in the league came in Mexico City, as the 49ers dealt a shorthanded Arizona Cardinals 38-10 in front of nearly 80,000 fans at Estadio Azteca – most of them cheering, despite being steadfast. Matar, for the red and gold in a nationally televised match Monday night.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said of the fans, “We were told it might be like this, but it was better than we expected.” “Everywhere I went in Mexico, we were so in love. And coming here in Mexico City, it was just so amazing.”

Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo served as the catalyst for his offense, completing 20 of 29 passes for 228 yards and a season-high four scores. It is the fourth time that Garoppolo has thrown for four touchdown passes in his NFL career, and three of them have come against the Cardinals.

According to Next Gen Stats, 71% of Garoppolo passing yards came after the catch.

“The guys were just playing today,” Garoppolo said. “Receivers all stepped up. The offensive line played great. It was a clean pocket all night. When that’s the case, it makes for an interesting night. It was an exciting atmosphere here, so we were feeding on that.”

As Garoppolo said, the Gamemakers appeared in San Francisco. George Kittle finished with four receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Ayuk totaled 2 receptions for 20 yards and two scores. Deebo Samuel finished with 94 yards from scrimmage, including a 39-yard touchdown on his running back. Christian McCaffrey scored 106 yards from scrimmage and Elijah Mitchell rushed for 59 yards on the ground.

Prior to the trade for McCaffrey, the 49ers averaged 20 points per game. Since the trade, San Francisco has averaged 28.5 points per contest.

The 49ers improved to 6-4 on the season and are now tied with the Seattle Seahawks for first place in the NFC West. San Francisco has won three straight and five of its past seven wins. The 49ers kept their opponent goalless in the second half for the third consecutive game.

The Cardinals fell to 4-7 with the loss and have lost three of their past four games. They will find it difficult to climb out of that hole to compete for a playoff spot.

Greg Durch led the Cardinals with nine receptions for 103 yards. DeAndre Hopkins added nine receptions for 91 yards. Starting in place of a Kyler Murray (hamstring) injury, Colt McCoy completed 24 of 34 passes for 218 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions.

The Cardinals host the Los Angeles Chargers (5-5) on Sunday, while San Francisco hosts the New Orleans Saints (4-7).

“We’ve got to get away with it,” Arizona coach Cliff Kingsbury said of the loss. “We’ve got a short week with the Chargers coming in. That’s what we’ve been talking about. We know we have to improve in a lot of areas, in a short amount of time. There’s going to be a lot of mental preparation going into Sunday’s game, so we have to find a way to be aggressive.”

Eric D. Williams has reported on the NFL for over a decade, covering the Los Angeles Rams for Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Chargers for ESPN and the Seattle Seahawks for the Tacoma News Tribune. Follow him on Twitter at @employee.

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