West­brook rushes for 136 yards; 49ers roll 27-6

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

GLEN­DALE, ARIZ: Brian West­brook fi­nally got an op­por­tu­nity to show he can still do it. News that San Fran­cisco's Frank Gore has a bro­ken right hip means more chances are just ahead.

West­brook rushed for 136 yards and a touch­down in place of the in­jured Gore and the 49ers sent punch­less Ari­zona to its sixth straight loss, 27-6 Mon­day night in a shower of boos from the Car­di­nals home crowd.

The only fire­works Ari­zona mus­tered came dur­ing Derek An­der­son's postgame tirade over ques­tions about why he was laugh­ing on the side­line with his team down 18 points. West­brook had 9 yards on five car­ries all sea­son. He ran 23 times in his 21st ca­reer 100-yard game, but first since Dec. 7, 2008, for Philadel­phia against the New York Giants.

"I think we have a lot of young guys, some of them have seen some of the things I've been able to do over the course of my ca­reer, some of them just don't know," he said. "They just see a guy run­ning around the prac­tice field. For me it meant a lot to have an op­por­tu­nity to go out there and play and have an op­por­tu­nity to have suc­cess."

San Fran­cisco (4-7), beaten at home by Tampa Bay 210 last week, im­proved to 3-1 since Troy Smith be­came start­ing quar­ter­back and pulled within a game of co-lead­ers St. Louis and Seat­tle in the ane­mic NFC West.

Ari­zona (3-8), two-time de­fend­ing di­vi­sion cham­pion, has not lost this many in a row since drop­ping eight straight in 2006, Den­nis Green's fi­nal sea­son as coach. An­der­son had a postgame melt­down rem­i­nis­cent of Green's Mon­day night "they are who they thought they were" in 2006. It came in the postgame news con­fer­ence af­ter re­peat­edly be­ing asked by a re­porter about be­ing shown on the tele­cast laugh­ing with of­fen­sive guard Deuce Lu­tui with his team down 18. -Ap

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