49ers damage Cardinals' playoff chances with 20-12 victory

George Kittle and C.J. Beathard made triumphant comebacks Saturday. It’s the 49ers’ makeshift defense, however, that really rallied and keyed a 20-12 upset of the host Arizona Cardinals. Led by Fred Warner’s all-around excellence and Ahkello Witherspoon’s end zone interception with 4:37 remaining, the 49ers (6-9) responded from their own playoff elimination to hurt the chances of the Cardinals (8-7). Coordinator Robert Saleh’s defense came through with deceptive pressure, exceptional tackling and solid pass coverage to slow the Cardinals and dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray. That defensive…

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