TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dennis Erickson may not have much time left
as San Francisco's coach.
The 49ers blew a 25-point lead, but regrouped to win the game
31-28 on Todd Peterson's 31-yard field goal with 8:38 left in
Afterward, Erickson shut down any talk about reports that his
job was in jeopardy.
"I'm not going to answer any questions about rumors that are
out there and meetings and all the different things," Erickson
said. "I'm not going to waste your time or mine talking about
It was the exact same score as in the teams' first meeting on
Oct. 10, when visiting Arizona blew a 16-point lead with 5 minutes
to go in regulation and lost in overtime on Peterson's 32-yarder.
"It's amazing," Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown said. "It's
a funny league for that to happen. For the tables to be turned and
us be the ones to come back, and not to seal the deal. It hurts. We
needed this game."
Dorsey and Hicks, starting in place of injured quarterback Tim
Rattay and running back Kevan Barlow, made the big plays for San
Francisco (2-11) -- which had a 28-3 lead early in the third
San Francisco is 2-0 against Arizona this season, and 0-11
against everyone else.
Were the 49ers out to win one for their embattled coach?
"We just wanted to win this one for the organization," Dorsey
said, "the coaches, the players, everybody. It was definitely a
team effort. We needed this one."
Dorsey threw for the first three touchdowns of his two-year NFL
career, two of them to Cedrick Wilson. Hicks carried 34 times for
139 yards and a touchdown. His runs of 7 and 17 yards set up
Peterson's game-winning kick.
The biggest play of that drive, though, came on third-and-17
from the San Francisco 44, when Dorsey threw 19 yards to Wilson.
"Ken, boy, fires that thing in there," Wilson said. "That's
the best play that we've made in a long time."
Hicks, who went undrafted and was with the Scottish Claymores of
NFL Europe last season, played the fourth quarter and overtime with
"I couldn't see myself coming out because they needed me at a
tough time," he said.
McCown, back at quarterback for Arizona (4-9) after being
benched for three games, directed three second-half touchdown
drives, then Neil Rackers' 22-yard field goal with 59 seconds to go
sent the game into overtime.
McCown went 26-of-44 for a career-best 307 yards with one
interception but no touchdowns.
Emmitt Smith, who missed one game with a sore big left toe,
capped Arizona's last TD drive with an 8-yard run, then McCown ran
for the 2-point conversion to cut it to 28-25 with 2:40 to play.
Terry Jackson's fumble was recovered by David Macklin for
Arizona at the 49ers 20 with 2:16 left in regulation. On
third-and-goal from the 4, tight end Freddie Jones was open, but
Joselio Hanson knocked away McCown's soft toss over the middle.
A muffed punt, a missed field goal and an interception helped
the 49ers to a 21-0 first-half lead.
Arizona lost its fourth in a row.
Asked who was to blame for the team's slow start, coach Dennis
Green said, "I'm at fault. I'm the head coach, so I'm at fault."
The 49ers initially settled for a field goal, but Darnell
Dockett was called for a penalty for leaping on a teammate to try
to block it, and Dorsey's 5-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Lloyd
made it 7-0.
Arizona drove inside the 49ers 20 on its next possession, but
Rackers missed a 34-yard field goal. San Francisco took over and
went 75 yards in 11 plays, Dorsey hitting Wilson just inside the
end zone for a 19-yard touchdown.
Dorsey's 27-yard pass to Wilson on third down gave San Francisco
its biggest lead, 28-3, with 9:57 left in the third quarter.
"Some of the mistakes that we made, in my opinion, are
elementary mistakes," Smith said. "Sometimes you have to overcome
coaching. Sometimes you just have to do that, and that's called
making a play and being a football player.
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ligament damage in his left knee. An MRI was scheduled Monday. ...
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Lee's 53-yard punt in overtime gave the 49ers field position on
their winning drive.
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