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Return of the Empire: 5-0 out of the bye week for the 49ers

Dec 14, 2023, 1:30 PM

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The San Francisco 49ers are riding high at the moment, sporting a five-game win streak since their Bye Week. Now, they head to Arizona for a clash with a well-rested Cardinals squad. Will this be another steamroll for the Red & Gold, or will the Cards shock the world?

On an all-new episode of the Return of the Empire, Amil Fragoso and Nate Littlefield break down the 49ers’ Week 14 win over the Seattle Seahawks, why quarterback Brock Purdy deserves to be in the MVP conversation and how the rest of the regular season could play out. Plus, Cardinals reporter Tyler Drake of Arizona Sports joins the program to discuss the Week 15 matchup.

All that and more on the Return of the Empire.

“I’ve got a lot of respect of how they’ve done this year,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said about the Cardinals Wednesday. “I thought they were real tough at the beginning of the year. I thought we had to play flawless on offense to beat them, but that was a real tight game. Since then they have how many ever games it is, nine more games of reps. They’re playing very hard, they’re playing together. They’ve added some really good players, especially [Arizona Cardinals S] Budda [Baker] who they didn’t have. I think they’ve always been real talented on special teams. They’ve also gotten a very great talented quarterback back. They remind me a lot of us our first year where we started out 0-9 and finished 6-10. I think everything they’re doing is the right way and I think they’re a real tough football team.”

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