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49ers game plan vs. Arizona

Published: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C

A look at today's 49ers game vs. Arizona; including: broadcast information, matchup to watch, three keys to the game and injury report.

49ERS GAME AT A GLANCE

Opponent: vs. Arizona

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Line: 49ers by 11

Records: 49ers 3-2, Cardinals 3-2

TV/Radio: FOX40 (Kevin Burkhardt play by play, John Lynch color), 680, 1320

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson vs. 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin

An easy strategy for opposing defenses has been to try to shut down Boldin, taking away quarterback Colin Kaepernick's most trusted target. Arizona has one of the best players at doing that in Peterson, tied for the NFC lead with three interceptions. Last season, Michael Crabtree played physical against Peterson and had a big outing. It will be interesting to see whether Boldin, no slouch when it comes to the hard-nosed approach, learned anything from coach Crabtree before today's game.

THREE KEYS TO GAME

• The 49ers have had success in recent weeks with the ground game. That will be a bigger challenge today against a Cardinals defense that has one of the NFL's most underrated players, lineman Calais Campbell, and ranks sixth in stopping the run.

• The 49ers' defense did a brilliant job of disguising its coverages and tricking Matt Schaub into two of his three interceptions last week. Carson Palmer might not be fooled as easily, but he's just as immobile in the pocket. The 49ers should be able to apply pressure.

• The 49ers' coverage units have been solid through five games but today face perhaps their biggest challenge in Peterson. The cornerback moonlights as a punt returner, and Arizona also uses him on offense.

INJURY REPORT

49ERS

• Out: WR Quinton Patton (foot)

• Questionable: CB Nnamdi Asomugha (knee), G Alex Boone (shoulder), T Anthony Davis (shoulder), DT Ray McDonald (biceps), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), DT Justin Smith (shoulder), LB Patrick Willis (groin)

• Probable: TE Vernon Davis (hamstring), RB Frank Gore (knee), G Mike Iupati (shoulder), WR Marlon Moore (quadriceps), T Joe Staley (knee), WR Kyle Williams (knee)

CARDINALS

• Questionable: LB Kenny Demens (hamstring), WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring)

• Probable: LB John Abraham (shoulder), LB Jasper Brinkley (groin), G Daryn Colledge (shin), DT Darnell Dockett (groin), S Rashad Johnson (finger), LB Kevin Minter (hamstring), DE Ronald Talley (wrist), LB Daryl Washington (knee)

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MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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