The San Francisco 49ers (10-4) will look to regain its momentum when they face off against the Arizona Cardinals (5-10) at Candlestick Park on Sunday afternoon.
Last week, the 49ers came up short in clinching the NFC West title and also lost out on an opportunity to gain a first-round bye in the postseason. The team will attempt to regain its form after suffering a 42-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, its worst defeat under the leadership of Jim Harbaugh.
"No excuses or justifications. Our team needs to bounce back. I feel our team's leadership, I feel the intellect of the staff, I think the talent of the players, the work ethic of the players will pave the way," Harbaugh told ESPN.
Losing effort aside, San Francisco is clearly the favorite in the matchup, as they hope to hand Arizona its seventh consecutive defeat.
The future isn't as bright for the eliminated Cardinals. After starting off the season 4-0, they've gone a dismal 1-10, which had raised concerns over the abilities of coach Ken Whisenhunt. Arizona's leader elaborated on his quarterback-plagued club.
"There's no question that we've got to have more consistency from the quarterback position, that's the No. 1 thing. You look at last night's (Seattle-San Francisco) game and what a difference Russell Wilson has made in Seattle with all the plays that he makes. That's what you have to have," Whisenhunt said.
"I think the thing that's been the hardest is the turnovers, especially the turnovers for points. You can't overcome those things, not every week," he added.
Due to a sufficient amount of injuries San Francisco has suffered, the club's Week 15 outcome could prove to be costly.
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