ARIZONA CARDINALS

Patrick and Adrian Peterson set up Cardinals scores vs. 49ers

Nov 5, 2017, 3:13 PM | Updated: 6:15 pm
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs against San Francisco 49ers outside lin...
Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs against San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Regardless that their opponent was the winless San Francisco 49ers, the injury-stricken Arizona Cardinals needed to grind out a win with solid play across the board.

With backup quarterback Drew Stanton starting for Arizona in place of the injured Carson Palmer, that meant the Cardinals’ running game, defense and special teams unit needed to pull their respective weight.

By the end of the 20-10 win, the support had come in a variety of ways, including running back Adrian Peterson’s career-high 37 carries for 159 yards.

But at first, one of the Cardinals’ units didn’t come through.

After Stanton completed a 52-yard deep ball to John Brown on the Cardinals’ first possession only for kicker Phil Dawson to close the drive with a missed 38-yard field goal, the Arizona defense finally stepped up to the plate.

Safety Tyrann Mathieu forced a fumble by fullback Kyle Juszczyk, and cornerback Patrick Peterson picked the ball up for the team’s first fumble recovery for the entire year.

Not only that, but Peterson returned it from midfield to the 6-yard line — a total of 47 yards — to set up a touchdown pass from Stanton to Jaron Brown on 3rd-and-goal.

That gave Arizona a 7-0 lead, and it bought the Cardinals time to finally get the running game going in the middle of the second quarter.

With a 7-3 lead, Peterson churned out a few big gains to set up a Stanton-to-Jermaine Gresham touchdown pass to put Arizona ahead 14-3 with 11:04 to play in the first half.

Two Dawson field goals in the fourth quarter were enough to give Arizona the distance to hold off the Niners.

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard, right, runs from Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Olsen Pierre during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) catches a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde (28) runs against Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) is congratulated by Troy Niklas after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham, right, catches a touchdown pass in front of San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson, right, runs against San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 
              San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, bottom center, and safety Eric Reid, bottom right, kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tramon Williams during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan gestures during the second half of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Laken Tomlinson, center, shoves Arizona Cardinals players during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson (4) celebrates with Andy Lee after kicking a field goal as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dekoda Watson (97) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) runs against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Leger Douzable during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) scrambles from San Francisco 49ers defensive end DeForest Buckner (99) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould (9) celebrates his field goal with offensive tackle Joe Staley (74) as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Frostee Rucker (92) walks to the bench during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals strong safety Antoine Bethea, right, and teammates confront San Francisco 49ers players during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) celebrates with Larry Fitzgerald, left, and Tyvon Branch after intercepting a pass by San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones, right, hugs San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, left, greets San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) stands on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game between the 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Laken Tomlinson (75) and offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) sit on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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