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