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O'Sullivan to get first start when 49ers clash with Cardinals

Sep 7, 2008 - 12:52 PM Arizona at San Francisco, 4:15 pm EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Mike Martz has his chance to show his reputation is justified.

With new offensive coordinator Martz in tow, the San Francisco 49ers will look to bounce back when they host the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday's season opener.

The 49ers were wretched on offense in 2007, scoring a league-low 219 points en route to a 5-11 record.

Seeking to put some life back in the moribund offense, San Francisco hired Martz shortly after he was fired by the Detroit Lions following a pair of so-so seasons.

The architect of "The Greatest Show on Turf," the record-breaking offense that produced a Super Bowl championship for the St. Louis Rams in 1999, Martz again will be trying to produce huge results with an unknown quarterback.

J.T. O'Sullivan, who left the Lions to join Martz with the 49ers, never has started a game in the NFL - conjuring up memories of Kurt Warner, who went from the Arena League to a Super Bowl in St. Louis.

Oddly enough, the starting quarterback for Arizona on Sunday will be Warner, who last week was named the starter by Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt.

The 49ers were expecting Alex Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in 2005, to run the offense but he was clearly outplayed by O'Sullivan in the preseason.

"This is not a case of ... Alex not playing well," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said after naming O'Sullivan the starter. "This is a case of J.T. O'Sullivan performing very well."

Although Martz was canned in Detroit for eschewing the running game, the prevailing wisdom is that he will build his offense around Frank Gore - much as he did with Marshall Faulk with the Rams.

Gore has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons and has 114 receptions in that span.

The Cardinals, who were swept by the 49ers a year ago, will look to end that streak behind Warner, who beat out former first-round pick Matt Leinart for the starting job.

Warner has plenty of weapons at his disposal, specifically the wide receiver tandem of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, who has spent much of the preseason grousing about his contract before finally demanding a trade.

Running back Edgerrin James also returns for Arizona, although the team's improvement will hinge on its defense, led by linebacker Karlos Dansby.and safety Antrel Rolle.








  • ** CONFIRMED **
    NFL
    ARIZONA 23
    SAN FRANCISCO 13 FINAL

    Sep 7 7:18 PM


  • NFL
    FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 30 YD
    ARIZONA 23
    SAN FRANCISCO 13 1:57 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Cardinals 23, 49ers 13  4th - 1:57Sep 7 7:10 PM
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    Cardinals 23, 49ers 13  4th - 1:57Sep 7 7:10 PM
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    Cardinals 20, 49ers 13  4th - 2:00Sep 7 7:09 PM
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    Cardinals 20, 49ers 13  4th - 3:39Sep 7 7:02 PM


  • NFL
    FG SFO
    JOE NEDNEY 30 YD
    ARIZONA 20
    SAN FRANCISCO 13 12:05 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Cardinals 20, 49ers 13  4th - 12:05Sep 7 6:44 PM


  • NFL
    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 3 7 10 20
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 3 0 10 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARI - FG, NEIL RACKERS 25 YD, 3:54. Drive: 7
    plays, 33 yards in 2:05. Key plays:
    Warner 21-yard pass to Fitzgerald
    to San Francisco 19. ARIZONA 3-0
    SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 41 YD RUN (JOE N

    Sep 7 6:40 PM


  • NFL
    TD ARI
    TIMOTHY HIGHTOWER 1 YD RUN
    (NEIL RACKERS KICK)
    ARIZONA 20
    SAN FRANCISCO 10 4:03 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cardinals 20, 49ers 10  3rd - 4:03Sep 7 6:27 PM


  • NFL
    FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 31 YD
    ARIZONA 13
    SAN FRANCISCO 10 8:25 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Cardinals 13, 49ers 10  3rd - 8:25Sep 7 6:08 PM
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    Cardinals 13, 49ers 10  3rd - 8:25Sep 7 6:08 PM
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    Cardinals 10, 49ers 10  HalfSep 7 5:55 PM


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    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ARIZONA 3 7 10
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 3 10 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: ARI - FG, NEIL RACKERS 25 YD, 3:54. Drive: 7
    plays, 33 yards in 2:05. Key plays:
    Warner 21-yard pass to Fitzgerald
    to San Francisco 19. ARIZONA 3-0
    SFO - TD, FRANK GORE 41 YD RUN (JOE NEDNE

    Sep 7 5:44 PM
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    FG SFO
    JOE NEDNEY 39 YD
    ARIZONA 10
    SAN FRANCISCO 10 1:52 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cardinals 10, 49ers 10  2nd - 1:52Sep 7 5:36 PM


  • NFL
    TD ARI
    LARRY FITZGERALD 1 YD PASS FROM KURT WARNER
    (NEIL RACKERS KICK)
    ARIZONA 10
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 10:25 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Cardinals 10, 49ers 7  2nd - 10:25Sep 7 5:10 PM


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    ARIZONA 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Sep 7 4:58 PM


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    TD SFO
    FRANK GORE 41 YD RUN
    (JOE NEDNEY KICK)
    ARIZONA 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 7 6:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cardinals 3, 49ers 7  1st - 6:00Sep 7 4:42 PM


  • NFL
    FG ARI
    NEIL RACKERS 25 YD
    ARIZONA 3
    SAN FRANCISCO 0 11:06 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Cardinals 3, 49ers 0  1st - 11:06Sep 7 4:26 PM
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