It’s hard to find many positives in a seventh straight divisional defeat, but Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington yet again proved to be a bright spot in the team’s 32-20 loss at Candlestick Park.
Ellington rushed for a team-high 53 yards on seven carries and scored his first career rushing touchdown from 15 yards out in the second quarter. He also caught five passes for 36 yards, as well.
While the rookie out of Clemson would seemingly serve as the perfect source for optimism Sunday, the former sixth-round pick believes the big takeaway has less to do with him and more to do with the adjustments Arizona’s offense made in the second half.
“We just put our minds together,” said Ellington. “We just went out there and executed. We knew what we had out there in front of us and tried to outplay those guys.
“Obviously turnovers kind of held us up, slowed us down offensively. And we just gave up points on defense.”
Despite creating momentum with a nine-play touchdown drive in the third quarter, the Cardinals couldn’t quite get over the hump over the final 20 minutes of play.
The turnovers Ellington alluded to — fumbles by Larry Fitzgerald and Alfonso Smith — thwarted a potential go-ahead scoring drive and comeback drive respectively.
In turn, San Francisco turned the two fumbles into 10 fourth quarter points and closed out Week 6 with a much-needed, 12-point victory at home.
“Any time you lose the turnover ratio, nine times out of 10 you’re probably going to lose the game,” said Ellington. “We’ve just got to eliminate those turnovers and get ready for Seattle.”
While the focus will now turn to the Seahawks following a disappointing showing by the Bay, Ellington admitted that he reveled in the physicality of Sunday’s game.
“I had fun out there, even though we didn’t get the win,” said Ellington. “I feel like we got better. We can go in and watch film and correct our mistakes.”
Those mistakes will have to be corrected rather quickly. Arizona takes on Seattle Thursday night in an NFC West prime time battle at University of Phoenix Stadium.