Little was asked of Shaun Hill, and he certainly did enough to help this team pull out the victory. On the winning TD drive, he threw for more than one-third of his total passing yards.

Running back


Frank Gore did not have much room to run, but he scored on a 6-yard run (his longest run of the game) and caught the game-winning TD pass in the fourth quarter.



Isaac Bruce caught a 50-yard pass to set up the team's first TD. Vernon Davis and Josh Morgan combined for eight catches, but they did also let catchable passes slip away.

Offensive line


The 49ers had a difficult time accounting for the Cardinals' run blitzes. Adam Snyder struggled at right tackle, as he appeared responsible for three sacks.

Defensive line


It was a solid performance against the run and the pass with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald recording tackles.



Parys Haralson had a sack, two tackles for loss and four QB hurries. Patrick Willis had an interception and a game-high 13 tackles.

Defensive back


Nate Clements had an interception and played outstanding coverage on Larry Fitzgerald. It was a strong first game for Shawntae Spencer.

Special teams


Joe Nedney nailed a 50-yard FG, and Andy Lee averaged 49.1 yards (42.3 net) on eight punts to play a huge role in the victory.



There wasn't much imagination in the offensive approach, but there did not need to be. This will be the 49ers' formula for success. It's not pretty, but it was effective.