ARIZONA—The San Francisco 49ers are indeed struggling. After losing last week to the Chicago Bears, the 49ers were delivered another devastating blow as the Cardinals pounced on the team 23-14. This marks the second consecutive loss for the team since the start of the season.

The team now holds a 1-2 record, which they have to turn around quickly if they want to be taken seriously in the division. The 49ers and the Cardinals were both neck and neck for the first two quarters with both teams scoring a touchdown and field goal to be locked in a 10-10 tie at half-time.

The locker room discussion worked in favor of the Cardinals who came out blazing in the third quarter with two touchdowns.  Unfortunately, the offense for San Francisco was non-existent the rest of the game, the same could be said for the team’s defense in the third quarter who was unable to halt Arizona. The Cardinals did manage to score another field goal in the fourth quarter stretching their lead over their opponents.

An apparent issue with the team is they have consistently started the first half of their last two games strong, but have faltered in the second half of the game, which is sign that improvement needed. SF Quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 29 of 37 passes, with a total of 245 yards and a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree.

Perhaps the team’s return to their home court for their next two games will be a help. With the Philadelphia Eagles arriving in town it will be no easy task as the team has a 3-0 record, and will be looking to extend that.