San Francisco 49ers: 3 Takeaways vs

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The 49ers had to be feeling pretty confident of their chances of escaping the Arizona desert with their first victory in tow. All's well that ends well, but still - even with the benefit of replay, officials may have gotten a couple of important calls wrong, and it almost cost Arizona a win Sunday. It was quite a sight to behold, and I felt a surge of pride knowing that, yeah, we may not win any games, but we are definitely winning when it comes to making a statement about not only oppression and social injustice, but an NFL player's right to make that statement during the national anthem. A 19-yard strike from Palmer to Fitzgerald with 32 seconds remaining in the game would send the 49ers packing with another loss in their back pocket.

"I was disappointed", said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan.

-Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald vs. 49ers CB Dontae Johnson.

"Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem", Mr. Trump tweeted.

Key Stat: 7. The number of field goals made in the game by Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, setting a franchise record.

For the first time this season, tight end George Kittle is not on the 49ers' injury report.

49ers: At Indianapolis next Sunday. Since he has been drafted, Fitz has gained more than 2,000 yards and scored 16 touchdowns against San Francisco.

It was Michelle Obama who said, "When they go high, we go low", at last year's Democratic National Convention.

Some 30 members of the 49ers knelt before a game in Arizona on Sunday, and their general manager and chief executive stood behind them, The Mercury News in the San Francisco Bay area reported.

- Patrick Peterson had a big smile, telling me he was 8-0 in overtime, dropping last year's tie with Seattle. Coming off a disappointing 2016 season, if Arizona accrues a few more losses in the upcoming weeks I wouldn't be shocked if his seat start to get warm. Under duress all day behind an injury-riddled offensive line, he completed 33 of 51 for 357 yards and was intercepted in the end zone on a tipped pass on the game's opening series.

The good news is that the 49ers' pass rush has been somewhat lackluster to this point, tallying just three sacks on the season.

There were a combined 23 penalties for 193 yards, 13 against the 49ers for 113 yards, 10 against Arizona for 80.

Partly attributed to poorly thrown balls by Hoyer, much of the offensive deficiencies can be placed on flat-out drops from the 49ers receiving corp. "Got to figure that out".

"It's going to be tough to overcome some things when you have those types of penalties", Shanahan said. "We joined arms. but there was not a person in here that wasn't standing for the flag or standing for the soldiers who have put in numerous hours of work to make sure we are at home safe".

As for the "protest" by the National Football League players, I'm of the opinion that although they have every right to protest, they have chosen the wrong time and the wrong place.

Newton said he also wanted people to see "the joy. that I go out there and play with". "We've run, probably, too many RPOs down there and didn't execute them properly or didn't make the catch or the throw, like the fourth-and-1 in Indy". I have a different take on the issue. If the 9ers have any intention in stopping Fitzgerald, they will have to do it without hard hitting safety Eric Reid (knee) and their second of two first round draft picks, Reuben Foster (ankle), as both have been ruled out for week four.