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Shaky Cardinals manhandled by formidable 49ers; 23-7

The 49ers are tough to beat, even more so, when you cough up the ball five times.

“Their thing is keep the game close, don’t give up no big touchdowns and then get three points and three points, maybe get a score,” Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said after the team’s 23-7 loss in San Francisco on Sunday, “And that’s how they win the game.”

John Skelton, who had won the previous two games against St. Louis and Philadelphia since replacing Kevin Kolb, who’s out with a right foot and toe injury, went 6 of 19 for 99 yards and was benched after throwing his third interception in place of third-string quarterback Richard Bartel to start the fourth quarter.

Even Bartel’s only highlight came on a shaky pass between two defenders that landed in Fitzgerald’s hands for a 23-yard touchdown for Arizona’s lone score. The Cardinals dropped their fifth straight to the 49ers.

About the only fight Arizona showed came in the fourth quarter when Early Doucet appeared to hit Goldson after the defensive back sacked Bartel. Goldson came up and threw two punches to Doucet’s shoulder pads and facemask, getting a 15-yard personal foul penalty and an ejection.

Next: Sunday November 27 at St. Louis Rams, 11 AM MT.

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