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azcentral sports NFL writer Bob McManaman rates how the star players performed during Sunday’s Cardinals-49ers game:

4 ½ stars

Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer

Despite taking six sacks and getting hit 16 times overall, the NFL’s most-hit quarterback hung tough, pushed through and found Larry Fitzgerald in the end zone for a game-winning, 19-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in overtime to sink the 49ers. The scoring strike was Palmer’s 290th career touchdown pass, tying him with Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas for 13th on the NFL’s all-time list. It was Palmer’s third straight game with at least 300 passing yards.

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4 stars

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald

He only finished with four receptions for 32 yards, but when the Cardinals needed him the most, No. 11 rose to the challenge by leaping into the air to haul in Palmer’s floating touchdown pass and seal the win in OT. Fitzgerald is still one of the best in the game at catching the ball at its highest point, and it was priceless to witness yet another one of his masterpieces.

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu

The Honey Badger led all players with 11 tackles and also registered a sack, two tackles for loss, and a tackle on special teams. There were a few plays where it felt like Mathieu could have gotten to the ball a little bit earlier and made something big happen, but he contributed throughout and made the plays he had to in order to help slow down the 49ers.

3 stars

49ers running back Carlos Hyde

He finished with 95 yards from scrimmage – 68 rushing and 27 receiving on five catches – but Hyde couldn’t gash the Cardinals and make them pay with big splash plays that he’s accustomed to making. Granted, he was hurting all week in practice with a sore hip, so we’ll cut him some slack. But still, 95 total yards isn’t a bad day at all for a featured NFL tailback.

2 ½ stars

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson

Maybe it will look better on the coaches’ tape, but this wasn’t one of Peterson’s better games. He got beat a few times by Pierre Garcon, was flagged for pass interference and only was credited with one pass defended. It was a milestone game for Peterson, as this was his 100th career NFL game – and his 100th consecutive start – but something tells me he won’t look back too fondly on it.

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