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Blaine Gabbert

Palmer's 8-yard TD run leads first-place Cards past 49ers

With two running backs down, Arizona's ground game kept getting stuffed. So Carson Palmer took charge.

This time, he won it with his lumbering legs rather than his strong right arm.

Palmer ran 8 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:28 remaining and the NFC West-leading Cardinals squeaked by the San Francisco 49ers 19-13 on Sunday for their fifth straight win and first road victory in the series since September 2008.

Palmer spiked the ball with such force that he tumbled forward, and he'll be razzed for the celebration all the way back to the desert. A few even feared he might be hurt.

"First of all, that was un-athletic. And then to spike the ball,...