The Arizona Cardinals were thoroughly outplayed in the first half of their Thursday night matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
But they had a chance to go into halftime trailing by a single score before a mistake from head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
The 49ers had driven the ball to the Cardinals’ 1-yard line to end the half, and head coach Kyle Shanahan decided to roll the dice with his offense instead of kicking a field goal on fourth-and-goal.
Cardinals get the stop, but ...
The 49ers lined up with a jumbo package and handed the ball off to running back Jeff Wilson Jr. The Cardinals were ready for it as a pair of Arizona defenders met Wilson in the backfield to stuff him for a loss and limit San Francisco’s halftime lead to 14-7.
But wait. Whistles blew late. Despite having the right play call and personnel on the field, Kingsbury didn’t like what he saw and called a timeout before the snap.
49ers capitalize on second chance
The 49ers got another shot and took advantage with a touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Emmanuel Sanders.
The 49ers took a 21-7 lead into halftime and ended up needing the touchdown in a 28-25 victory.
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