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Cards give 49ers kick in the head in OT

SportsLine.com wire reports

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tim Duncan earned redemption. Owen Pochman may be out of a job.

That was the tale of two kickers in the Arizona Cardinals' 16-13 upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Duncan, kicking in place of injured Bill Gramatica, missed three of five attempts in regulation, including a 50-yarder as the fourth quarter ended. But his 39-yarder with 10:01 left in overtime gave Arizona its first victory over the 49ers in 10 years.

"It was great," Duncan said. "I put the team in a bad situation in the first place, so it was nice to go out there and kind of make up for it."

Pochman, who nearly lost his job after missing three field goals last week against Tampa Bay, missed two more Sunday, including a go-ahead attempt from 35 yards with 2:25 left in regulation.

He added to his troubles by knocking the overtime kickoff out of bounds to give Arizona (2-5) the ball on its 40.

Pochman wasn't talking. Asked afterward whether the 49ers (3-5) would have a new kicker for next Sunday against St. Louis, coach Dennis Erickson said, "I'm sure we've got to sit down and evaluate that. We've got to look at that."

The Cardinals entered the game as the NFL's worst rushing team, but Marcel Shipp -- starting because Emmitt Smith is out with a broken shoulder blade -- carried 35 times, one shy of the franchise record, for a career-best 165 yards. Arizona averaged 71 yards a game entering the contest, but got 70 in the first quarter alone.

Jeff Garcia missed three series with a sprained ankle, but returned to engineer the game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown drive for San Francisco.

Adrian Wilson had the Cardinals' first blocked punt in six years to set up Duncan's 20-yard field goal that made it 13-6 in the third quarter.

Wilson drew two personal fouls and was ejected during San Francisco's game-tying drive of 73 yards in 11 plays. He was called for unnecessary roughness for a vicious hit that knocked Jed Weaver's helmet off on third-and-7 from the Arizona 45. Wilson and coach Dave McGinnis maintained that it was not a helmet-to-helmet hit.

"I was shocked that they called a personal foul on the first hit because it was really all shoulder pads," Wilson said. "I'm not going to take none of my aggression away from what I was doing. If the play came up next week, I'd do the same thing."

Don't ask Weaver whether it was a good call. He said all he knows is it was a rough hit.

"I think that's the first time my head hit the ground before anything else," he said. "I was asking some guys if I had grass stains on my hair."

The penalty kept the drive alive, and Wilson got another one for kicking Weaver in the face away from the play. That made it first-and-goal on the 5.

The drive ended violently when Garcia was met hard by Justin Lucas at the 1. The ball popped loose, and Kwamie Harris grabbed it and crossed the goal line. This time, Pochman's kick was good and it was tied at 13 with 7:12 to play.

Garcia, who ran 21 yards for a touchdown on San Francisco's first possession, was his team's leading rusher with 44 yards on four carries. Garrison Hearst was held to 43 yards on 14 attempts.

"It's a tough loss," Erickson said. "We've got a bunch of those, and it's getting a little old."

San Francisco, coming off an impressive 24-7 victory over Tampa Bay, botched a conversion with a bad snap, leaving holder Bill LaFleur with the ball. He passed to Weaver, who was tackled well short of the goal line.

Garcia threw 27 yards to Terrell Owens for an apparent touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. But Arizona challenged the play and replays showed Owens did not have both feet in bounds when he caught the ball.

On the next play, Pochman's 45-yard field goal was wide right. The former BYU kicker has missed seven field goals in his last four games.

"We've been through 14 days of being told from every which angle, every which way, in every language, that we're not very good," McGinnis said. "This football team doesn't believe that."

Garcia missed the last series of the first half and the first two in the second.

"Fortunately, it did loosen up and I was able to get back out on the field and try to contribute or help any way that I could," he said. "Tomorrow will be a more telling sign as to how it is."


  • Owens had six catches for 53 yards and wouldn't talk to reporters afterward.
  • Pochman is San Francisco's eighth kicker in nine years.
  • Arizona's defensive line had two sacks, after totaling one the first six games.

The Associated Press News Service

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Cardinals back Marcel Shipp takes one of his 35 carries and totals 165 yards.
Cardinals back Marcel Shipp takes one of his 35 carries and totals 165 yards.(AP)


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Scoring Summary
TDJeff Garcia, 21 Yd run (Jeff Garcia 2 Pt. Conversion pass to Jed Weaver failed), 11:02. Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards in 2:20.
TDJeff Blake, 1 Yd run (Tim Duncan kick is good), 3:52. Drive: 12 plays, 70 yards in 7:10.
FGTim Duncan 53 Yd, 0:28. Drive: 9 plays, 35 yards in 4:12.
FGTim Duncan 20 Yd, 7:53. Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards in 1:04.
TDKwame Harris, 1 Yd fumble return (Owen Pochman kick is good), 7:12. Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards in 5:14.
FGTim Duncan 39 Yd, 10:01. Drive: 9 plays, 38 yards in 4:59.
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J. Garcia13/2415300
T. Rattay2/4200
J. Garcia444121
G. Hearst144309
K. Barlow91905
T. Owens653016
K. Barlow426018
G. Hearst125025
T. Streets221016
F. Beasley117017
J. Weaver113013
J. Blake14/249700
A. Boldin0/1001
M. Shipp35165021
J. Blake429111
D. Anderson427017
B. Gilmore1000
A. Boldin329019
F. Jones32208
B. Gilmore218010
B. Johnson21809
J. Hodgins2606
M. Shipp2402
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