San Francisco 49ers beat Cardinals on Monday Night Football

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PHOENIX - The Cardinals traveled to play the 49ers in an NFC West Division match-up dominated in recent history by Arizona, but the Cardinals turned it over too many times and the Niners pulled out the 24-9 victory.

The Cardinals fumbled away a chance to clinch the NFC West with a win.

Arizona fumbled the ball seven times tying the Panthers for most in a single game this season.

The Arizona Cardinals threw away a chance to clinch a second straight NFC West crown.

Alex Smith threw touchdown passes after two of Arizona's seven turnovers, Frank Gore ran for 167 yards and another score and the San Francisco 49ers kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a dominant 24-9 victory Monday night.

With a relentless defensive attack, San Francisco forced the sloppy Cardinals into five first-half turnovers and kept Kurt Warner from finding a groove. Warner threw two interceptions in the opening half after going 130 passes without a pick. Now, Arizona (8-5) can still clinch the division by winning two of its final three games.