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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 11:15 pm | Updated: 2:15 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The skinny: The Cardinals begin defense of their NFC championship with a home game against the 49ers. Arizona would seem to have the edge, playing at University of Phoenix Stadium. But San Francisco matches up well with Arizona; had the 49ers not botched an offensive possession at the goal line last year, they would have come away with a road win. It will be interesting to see if the 49ers’ physical training camp pays dividends. Ken Whisenhunt insists his team is physically prepared and scoffs at the notion that he ran a soft camp.

3 things to watch:

Can Cardinals passing game get going? Quarterback Kurt Warner never developed a rhythm with his receivers during the preseason, and both Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston are nursing injuries. Expect the 49ers to shadow Larry Fitzgerald with a corner and safety, forcing Warner to look at other options. Boldin believes his strained hamstring will hold up but he hasn’t practiced in three weeks. What happens the first time he really lets go?

Can Cardinals stop running back Frank Gore? San Francisco coach Mike Singletary wants a physical football team and offensively that starts with Gore. Expect Singletary to give Gore and backup Glen Coffee a combined 30-35 carries to try to take the pressure off quarterback Shaun Hill. The Cardinals could counter with an 8-man front, bringing Adrian Wilson to the line of scrimmage and daring Hill to throw the ball to an average receiving corp.

Can Cardinals turn it on? Whisenhunt dismissed Arizona’s poor preseason showing, saying the team didn’t game-plan for opponents. Still, the Cardinals didn’t win a lot of one-on-one battles, either. Perhaps Arizona was bored. We’ll find out today. The Cardinals are the better football team and they’re at home. They should win. But if there’s a spillover from the preseason, San Francisco could pull off the upset.

CARDINALS OFFENSE

WR Larry Fitzgerald

LT Mike Gandy

LG Reggie Wells

C Lyle Sendlein

RG Deuce Lutui

RT Levi Brown

TE Stephen Spach

WR Anquan Boldin

QB Kurt Warner

RB Tim Hightower

FB Dan Kreider

DEFENSE

DE Calais Campbell

DT Bryan Robinson

DT Darnell Dockett

OLB Chike Okeafor

MLB Karlos Dansby

MLB Gerald Hayes

OLB2 Clark Haggans

RCB Bryant McFadden

LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

SS Adrian Wilson

FS Antrel Rolle

K- Neil Rackers

P – Ben Graham

49ERS OFFENSE

QB Shaun Hill

RB Frank Gore

FB Moran Norris

WR Josh Morgan

WR Isaac Bruce

TE Vernon Davis

LT Joe Staley

LG David Baas

C Eric Heitmann

RG Chilo Rachal

RT Adam Snyder

49ERS DEFENSE

LDE Isaac Sopoaga

DT Aubrayo Franklin

RDE Justin Smith

OLB Manny Lawson

MLB Takeo Spikes

MLB Patrick Willis

OLB Parys Haralson

CB Nate Clements

CB Shawntae Spencer

SS Michael Lewis

FS Dashon Goldson

K – Joe Nedney

P – Andy Lee

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