Quick Take: Bounces go 49ers' way

It was over when ...
Cardinals defensive back Eric Green failed to pick up a 49ers fumble in the end zone, allowing San Francisco to recover the ball and take over at the 1-yard line. On the very next play, Arnaz Battle rushed around the left end and scored the game-winning touchdown.

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In his first regular-season game, 49ers rookie linebacker Patrick Willis was sensational. He made 11 tackles, several of them being high-impact, and forced a fumble. On Arizona's side, running back Edgerrin James was impressive, gaining 92 yards on the ground and scoring a touchdown.

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The two teams combined for 176 yards passing and only a 49 percent completion percentage as both quarterbacks -- the Cardinals' Matt Leinart and the 49ers' Alex Smith -- struggled with their accuracy.

New Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt's loss dropped rookie head coaches to 1-4 in Week 1. San Francisco coach Mike Nolan got his first win over the Cardinals after being swept by them in his first two years.

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