Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson find life under Byron Leftwich

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Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen led Arizona on a 73-yard drive that ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Christian Kirk with 34 seconds left to give Arizona an 18-15 win over the San Francisco 49ers as the Cards head into their bye week.

“We were a little inconsistent at times but when we needed it in the end, we showed up, particularly on the offensive side of the ball,” coach Steve Wilks said.

Wilks was pleased with Leftwich’s first game calling plays, which produced Arizona’s first 300-yard game of the season.

“Byron had us into a rhythm,” Wilks said. “As you can see, the operations were great from a standpoint of just getting a play in, being able to get to the line of scrimmage and [identifying] the defense and linebacker was outstanding.”

Rosen called Leftwich a “steadying force” for the offense.8

When Leftwich was promoted to offensive coordinator on Oct. 19 following Mike McCoy’s firing, his focus was two-fold: Get David Johnson involved more and resuscitate Larry Fitzgerald’s season.

Leftwich said on Thursday he didn’t think Fitzgerald was “dead yet.” And Rosen relied on Fitzgerald on that final drive, hitting him twice for 31 yards, including a 20-yard pass that moved Arizona into San Francisco’s side of the field. Rosen then hit Fitzgerald on the two-point conversion that gave the Cardinals a three-point lead.

Fitzgerald had eight catches for 102 yards and a touchdown — his first 100-yard game of the season.

“We all know what he is, a first-ballot Hall of Famer for that mere reason what you saw tonight,” Wilks said.

While Fitzgerald was seemingly revived, Leftwich also found a way to get Johnson involved in different ways, not necessarily more ways.