Last night, the Arizona Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 33-21 at Levi's Stadium. Backup quarterback Drew Stanton performed well replacing Carson Palmer who was out with a concussion, throwing for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert, on the other hand, wasn't as good. Although he threw for more yards at 162, he scored one less touchdown, but also threw two interceptions as well, which the Cardinals capitalised on by scoring a touchdown and kicking a field goal.
However, these interceptions weren't the only turnovers on the night for San Francisco, as they also fumbled a kickoff return to which the Cardinals scored a touchdown on as well. 49ers head coach Chip Kelly reflected on these turnovers.
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According to 49ers beat reporter John Dickinson's tweet: "Chip Kelly noted b/c of turnovers #AZCardinals scored 17 points only needing to move ball 41 yards. #49ers"
Quite staggering considering San Francisco had to drive the ball down the field in order to get just one touchdown when Arizona fumbled the ball. It goes to show how ineffective the 49ers were when they had possession despite it being at some points only a one score game.
Change needed under center?
Gabbert threw two interceptions on the night, putting him at six interceptions on the season. This was the team's fourth loss of the season as well after five games, meaning some fans and critics have wondered why Kelly hasn't made a change at quarterback.
Colin Kaepernick is ready and waiting to go, but the 49ers head coach hasn't decided to put him in yet. You would have thought with Kelly's style of offense, the 28-year-old would be more effective at moving the ball as he is able to use his legs more effectively if he needs to move outside of the pocket, and potentially cause fewer turnovers.
We'll have to wait and see if Kelly pulls the trigger and puts Kaepernick in in their next game against the Buffalo Bills next week. If he doesn't and San Francisco losses again, their fans will start to get more restless than what they already are.
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