Sloppy 49ers fall to Cardinals 28-18

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SANTA CLARA — Josh Rosen of the Cardinals threw a 75-yar touchdown pass to fellow rookie Christian Kirk on Arizona’s first play from scrimmage. And the Cardinals used five take-aways to get their win, beating the San Francisco 49ers, 28-18 on Sunday.

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The Cardinals were unable to do much more on offense the rest of the way, with their only other score coming on Josh Byrne’s fumble return for a TD and David Johnson TD runs on two short drive after turnovers by the 49ers.

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But a San Francisco offense did little after an opening drive score behind back-up quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Rosen dropped back and launched a deep throw to Kirk who was wide open down the middle of the field because free safety Adrian Colbert took a bad angle on the play.

Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals recovered a fumble by Raheem Master and returned it 49 yards to the San Francisco 18, setting up David Johnson’s 2-yard run that made it 14-6.

The Niners finally scored again on a fourth-and-1 pass from Beathard to Trent Taylor with 6:51 to play. But the 49ers couldn’t convert the 2-point try.

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The Cardinals took the game when Haason Reddick knocked the ball out of Beathard’s hand and Byanes returned it  for a 23- yard score that gave Arizona its seventh straight win in the series.

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Cardinal’s rookie quarterback Josh Rosen got the win in his second start of the season despite completing just 10 of 25 pass for 170 yards.

NEXT: San Francisco 49ers visit Green bay on October 15.