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49ers deliver a dud in 31-17 loss to banged-up Cardinals

Any encouragement the San Francisco 49ers might have gained from last week’s win at Chicago was wiped out in a hurry against a short-handed Arizona team.
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Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) runs to the end zone to score a touchdown in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Lachlan Cunningham)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Any encouragement the San Francisco 49ers might have gained from last week’s win at Chicago was wiped out in a hurry against a short-handed Arizona team. 

The Niners are winless in four home games after their 31-17 defeat to the Cardinals. A season that began with high expectations for San Francisco is spiraling out of control. The Niners fell to 3-5 and trail the Cardinals by 4 1/2 games in the NFC West. 

Arizona didn't have quarterback Kyler Murray or receivers DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green, but still had little trouble against San Francisco.