49ers Cruise to Top Five Following Win in Mexico City

The San Francisco 49ers matched the electric atmosphere of Estadio Azteca with the most offensively charged performance of the year thus far. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20-of-29 passes for 228 yards and threw four touchdowns versus the Arizona Cardinals. Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and tight end George Kittle each caught two of those touchdown receptions and ‘wideback’ Deebo Samuel hauled in San Francisco’s only rushing touchdown of the night in front of the 78,427 fans in attendance for the Mexico City game. On the other side of the ball, the 49ers defensive unit posted its third-straight second half shutout. DeMeco Ryans’ unit racked up 3.0 sacks and two interceptions to keep the Cardinals scoreless after halftime. Special teams also did their part, pinning Arizona back near the end zone multiple times on Monday night.

With their Week 11 win over Arizona, the 49ers regained control of the NFC West and remain undefeated in division play. The team is now 6-4 on the year and will have three-straight home games after their final long road trip of the regular season. The incredible gameday experience in Mexico is one that head coach Kyle Shanahan and several players will hold onto throughout their careers.

“That was one of the coolest experiences that I’ve been a part of,” Shanahan said. “It was so neat last year, playing in LA and seeing a whole red stadium that wasn’t yours, and then coming a lot farther to Mexico City, and it being just the same. We were told it might be like that, but it was even better than we expected.”

“It was incredible, a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” linebacker Fred Warner added. “I can’t thank the fans of Mexico enough. It was so special playing in front of them and feeding off their energy all game.”

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