Cards beat sloppy 49ers, 33-21

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND -

Drew Stan­ton threw two touch­down passes to Larry Fitzger­ald in his first start in two years, David John­son ran for two scores and the vis­it­ing Ari­zona Car­di­nals cap­i­tal­ized on San Fran­cisco mis­takes to beat the 49ers, 33-21, on Thurs­day night.

The Car­di­nals (2-3) got 17 points off three turnovers by the 49ers (1-4) — two in­ter­cep­tions thrown by Blaine Gab­bert and a kick­off re­turn fum­bled by Chris Davis — and had one drive ex­tended by a run­ning-in­tothe-kicker penalty.

Those three drives to­taled just 41 yards but were enough to beat the sloppy 49ers as the Car­di­nals sur­vived a week with­out in­jured start­ing quar­ter­back Car­son Palmer.

Stan­ton didn’t pro­duce much with Palmer out with a con­cus­sion, go­ing 11-for-27 for 124 yards. But Ari­zona didn’t turn the ball over and got 157 yards rush­ing from John­son to get the win.

At one point in the third quar­ter, a chant of “We want Kap! We want Kap!” started up as 49ers fans wanted to give for­mer starter Colin Kaeper­nick a shot at quar­ter­back. Gab­bert re­sponded by lead­ing an 82yard TD drive fu­eled in part by his 24-yard run. The chants started again af­ter Gab­bert threw his sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion. NFL pe­nal­izes Fal­cons: At­lanta was pe­nal­ized by the NFL for hav­ing ex­ces­sive con­tact in off­sea­son work­outs.

The Fal­cons must for­feit their first three days of or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties in 2017 as pun­ish­ment for a workout in May that in­volved ex­ces­sive lev­els of on-field phys­i­cal con­tact. Play­ers will be paid for the can­celed ses­sions. Bills DBs fined: Three Bills de­fen­sive backs are pay­ing a price for their in­volve­ment in a pregame, on-field al­ter­ca­tion with mem­bers of the Pa­tri­ots last week­end.

Safety Robert Blan­ton said the NFL fined him $21,000 and cor­ner­back Nick­ell Robey- Cole­man was fined $10,000. Safety Aaron Wil­liams was also fined but wouldn’t reveal how much. Punches were thrown dur­ing a shov­ing match be­tween play­ers and coaches that erupted about an hour be­fore kick­off. Ex­tra points: Jets CB Dar­relle Re­vis sat out prac­tice for a sec­ond day and will likely be a game-time de­ci­sion to play Sun­day in Pitts­burgh while he con­tin­ues to heal from a ham­string in­jury. WR Eric Decker’s par­tially torn right ro­ta­tor cuff is feel­ing bet­ter, but his avail­abil­ity re­mains un­cer­tain. ... The 49ers re­moved LB Aaron Lynch from the ros­ter-ex­emp­tion list and placed LB NaVorro Bow­man, who suf­fered a sea­son-end­ing in­jury to his Achilles ten­don in Week 4, on in­jured re­serve. ... For­mer Sea­hawks FB Der­rick Cole­man pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run and ve­hic­u­lar as­sault in con­nec­tion with a car crash last year that in­jured an­other driver. ... Gi­ants Pres­i­dent John Mara dis­cussed WR Odell Beck­ham Jr. at a Vat­i­can con­fer­ence on faith and sports, say­ing Beck­ham is “a very good young man who does a lot of good things off the field, but he plays the game with a lot of pas­sion and some­times he goes a lit­tle too far.”

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