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Reading the keys: 49ers/Cardinals

Defense got its mojo back after awful 1st quarter

How the 49ers fared in nine keys to the game identified before their 27-13 victory over Arizona on Sunday that gave San Francisco its second consecutive NFC West championship and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs.

Get back to Gore-ing on the ground YES: Frank Gore and San Francisco's fourth-ranked rushing game had a tough time getting going against Arizona's 28th-ranked rushing defense as the four-time Pro Bowl running back had just 20 yards rushing on nine carries in the first half. But the Niners kept going to Gore in the second half, and he kept banging away to help San Francisco gain control. Gore had... Recommended Stories