49ers @ Cardinals live blog: Fourth quarter

This is the live blog for the fourth quarter of the 49ers Week 8 game in Arizona against the Cardinals. I’ll update this frequently with information and analysis from my living room in Oakland.

7:50 Dashon Goldson just destroyed Early Doucet on first and 10. Skelton threw a short pass to the slot receiver, and when he turned his head up field, Goldson leveled him. Doucet walked gingerly off the field.

7:53 The Cardinals terrible offensive line can’t hold up any longer. They surrender a sack to Ahmad Brooks on second down and to Aldon Smith on third down. The Cardinals punt, and Ginn makes the fair catch at the SF 36.

7:58 The 49ers go three and out. Kendall Hunter gains eight yards up the middle on first and second down, and Alex Smith took a sack on third and two when the Cardinals blitzed. Here’s a stat for you: Smith has thrown one incompletion and taken four sacks.

8:00 Alex Smith sprained his finger in the fourth quarter of a blowout against the Bills. He’s taking hits here in the fourth quarter, and this game is over. Harbaugh should bring in Colin Kaepernick to finish the game.

8:07 The Cardinals take timeout with 7:54 left in the game. They face third and 23 from their own 20. Skelton is getting pummeled by Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks.

8:10 The 49ers will start this drive from their own 10 after a holding penalty on the punt. Alex Smith is still in the game for some reason.

8:17 On the first play of the drive he completes a short pass to Vernon Davis for 9 yards. Then, Smith hands off five times in a row, and Andy Lee punts. The Cardinals have the ball at their 35 yard line with 3:47 left in the game.

8:22 The Cardinals were just flagged for holding Aldon Smith. Jon Gruden says Smith reminds him of Charles Haley in his prime.

8:29 Chris Culliver breaks up a deep pass in the end zone intended for Michael Floyd.

8:30 On fourth and goal from the 7, Skelton completes a short pass to Fitzgerald who stretches out but gets tackles at the 1-yard line. The 49ers win 24-3. Stay tuned for the grades, which are coming very soon.

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