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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:26 am | Updated: 3:11 pm, Thu Nov 17, 2011.

ARIZONA (3-6) At SAN FRANCISCO (8-1)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE — 49ers by 10

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Arizona 4-4-1; San Francisco 8-0-1

SERIES RECORD — 49ers lead 23-16

LAST MEETING — 49ers beat Cardinals 38-7, Jan. 2, 2011

LAST WEEK — Cardinals beat Eagles 21-17; 49ers beat Giants 27-20

CARDINALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (20), RUSH (26), PASS (17)

CARDINALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (27), RUSH (21), PASS (24)

49ERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (25T), RUSH (7), PASS (29)

49ERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — 49ers have won last four meetings, including in last season's finale while coached by interim Jim Tomsula following firing of Mike Singletary after previous game. ... Cardinals have 13 total points in past two matchups — including 38-7 in teams' finale last season in battle for last place in NFC West. ... Cardinals have won back-to-back games, something they didn't do all last season. ... Four of Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald's five TDs this season have come in road games, including two at Philly last week. ... 49ers average starting field position at home is 34.1 yard-line, best in NFL by home teams. ... San Francisco WR Michael Crabtree has 11 catches for 162 yards and two TDs in three career games vs. Cardinals. ... 49ers K David Akers is having career year. He has 91 points — making 23 of 25 field goals, including 5 for 5 from beyond 50, and all 22 of his PATS. He is on pace to set franchise record for points scored in single season. Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice had 138 points in 1987. ... San Francisco's top-ranked run defense hasn't allowed 100-yard rusher in 31 straight games, fourth-longest streak since 2000. Also, 49ers defense has forced NFL-leading 21 turnovers. ... 49ers missed two big stars in January meeting. Pro Bowl inside linebacker Patrick Willis didn't start for first time in career after undergoing a second surgery on broken right hand. Frank Gore sat out his fifth straight game to end season after fracturing right hip in Monday Night game at Arizona last Nov. 29. ... Gore had his franchise-record five straight games with 100 or more yards rushing end last week, when he injured his right knee and was held to zero yards on six carries — his first career game without a yard. Gore has 7,196 career yards rushing and needs 149 to pass late Hall of Famer Joe Perry (7,344) for most in franchise history. Gore has scored seven touchdowns in last nine games and 11 for career against Arizona. ... Cardinals backup John Skelton, second-year pro playing for injured Kevin Kol b (foot), 4-2 as starter.

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