ARIZONA CARDINALS

Pass interference calls continue to dictate play in Cardinals’ loss to Niners

Nov 17, 2019, 5:27 PM | Updated: Nov 18, 2019, 11:19 am
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals watches ...
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during the first half of the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

For a second week in a row, pass interference calls have played a factor in an Arizona Cardinals game.

And while the four pass interference calls resulted in just three points and 44 yards for San Francisco, the calls definitely impacted the game flow for the team’s defense, keeping them on the field and giving the opposition a new set of downs throughout the Cardinals’ 36-26 loss to the 49ers.

Almost from the start, the Cardinals were plagued with DPI. On the 49ers’ second drive of the game, cornerback Patrick Peterson was hit with a 28-yard penalty that moved the 49ers from just outside their own red zone to Arizona’s 45-yard line. The defense stood pat, however, forcing a turnover on downs.

In the second quarter, the Cardinals were hit with yet another call, this time a three-yard DPI from linebacker Haason Reddick. The 11-play, 55-yard drive resulted in points, as the 49ers trim the Cardinals lead to 16-10 just before halftime.

Much like the first half, the Cardinals continued to be penalized through the air. The DPI call on Joe Walker in the third quarter, however, marked a highly questionable call on the referee’s part.

Looking to make a play on the ball, Walker had his eyes and body turned to the football, with fullback Kyle Juszczyk slightly behind the LB.

As the ball came into reach, the fullback turned and made contact with Walker, even grabbing his facemask during the play.

The Cardinals wouldn’t be denied the interception, though, picking off quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Arizona’s five-yard line.

Not much later, another pass interference call would be made on Peterson, his second of the day, but the penalty was declined after the 49ers completed a deep pass.

Taking the last two weeks into account, the Cardinals have been hit with a total of nine defensive pass interference calls.

They did, however, benefit from the quick-triggering officials. Arizona receiver Christian Kirk earned three DPI calls on 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman in the first half alone.

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San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert (31) cannot catch a pass while defended by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Haason Reddick during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs between San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford (55) and defensive tackle Jullian Taylor (77) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, center, passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley (82) runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) catches a pass in front of Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) rolls out against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley (82) scores against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley (82) celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, left, catches a pass against Arizona Cardinals strong safety Jalen Thompson (34) and strong safety Budda Baker (32) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (41) runs against San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) and middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, left, talks with head coach Kliff Kingsbury during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Kevin Peterson (27) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, left, is congratulated by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver KeeSean Johnson after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, top, is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy (33) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. At right is defensive tackle Rodney Gunter. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (30) runs toward the end zone to score against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (30) celebrates with fullback Kyle Juszczyk (44) after scoring against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. (30) celebrates after scoring against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, left, greets San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, left, greets Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury after an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) stands on the field after an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers free safety D.J. Reed Jr. (32) returns a fumble to score against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (12) is congratulated by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, center, celebrates with wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) and running back Kenyan Drake (41) after scoring against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) rolls out against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) is tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) and free safety Jimmie Ward, rear, during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, right, sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, left, runs toward the end zone to score past San Francisco 49ers free safety Jimmie Ward during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/John Hefti) San Francisco 49ers tight end Ross Dwelley, right, is congratulated by wide receiver Kendrick Bourne after scoring against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Jordan Hicks during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. 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