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Week 5 Rewind: Fifth Time's A Charm
A look back at the Cards' victory over the San Francisco 49ers
By Zach Galia Oct 13, 2021
Photographs By Derrick Spencer

Not all wins look alike, but they all count the same. Some wins are filled with flashy runs and big-time throws, some are headlined by last-second heroics, and then some make a statement. This game was the latter.

While Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and the offense had their share of incredible moments, it was the defense that came out swinging in the Cardinals' 17-10 win over the divisional-rival San Francisco 49ers.

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Led by J.J. Watt, Chandler Jones and Isaiah Simmons, the defense clamped down on fourth down stopping the 49ers four out of five times. A feat that hasn't happened in the Valley in at least 40 years.

"We're resilient. Especially on the defensive side of the ball, we're made for these situations," said Budda Baker.

Resilient indeed, now 5-0 for the first time since 1974 and the league's last unbeaten team.

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The offense has scored 30+ points and the defense has allowed 20 points or less in four of five games this season. If that doesn't show a well-balanced unit, I'm not sure what would change your mind.

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Of course, the game had to feature a little Murray-to-Hopkins magic to seal the deal, but the headline of this win should be 'the Cardinals defense is a problem for the NFL'.

"You can't get bored of winning," Murray said. "You can't get bored of doing the little things right."

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The matchups will continue to be challenging, and it's hard to win in the NFL, but this team has shown they're ready.

"I'll take them any way I can get them," said coach Kliff Kingsbury.

1-0 every day.

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