Cards beat sloppy 49ers, 33-21
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.”