Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, who was in the broadcast booth for Monday night’s game in Mexico City between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, said he’s a “huge buyer” for the former as a legitimate threat in the NFC. The team is full of star power and playmakers, evident in their dominant 38-10 win in prime time. However, this is not necessarily the main reason why the analyst has believed in Niners for several years.”A big reason for that is because [head coach] Kyle Shanahan,” Aikman said on ESPN’s SportsCenter after the game. If I were in a position to hire a head coach, and I could hire anyone I wanted, Kyle Shanahan would be that guy. The way he can get the most out of his people… I think, as we mentioned in our game, John Lynch, their general manager, has also done a great job of putting players together.”

The 49ers outscored the Cardinals, 21-0, in the second half of Monday night’s contest. They outscored their last three opponents 54-0 in the second half of those games. San Francisco won its third straight game, improving its record to 6-4 overall and 4-0 inside the NFC West.

“But they play a style of football that you don’t see in the league,” Aikman continued. “It’s old school style. I’m not surprised about that, because I know Kyle’s background with his father (Mike Shanahan) and football management.

“But they’re physical, and in today’s league where there’s a lot of focus on player safety, not a lot of contact, not a lot of padding drills during the week, they play the game like I knew it. Not many teams can match that if they’re not used to it.” See it. I admire them so much.”

Next up to the 49ers is three home matches at Levi’s. They’ll take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, then the Maimi Dolphins, closing the home stretch with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before heading to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.