Cardinals fans probably did not appreciate 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward mocking Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray.
After San Francisco recovered a fumble by Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds, Ward posted up in the end zone in a meditative pose, just as Murray has done a few times this season.
— Jarrett Carlen (@JarrettGC) October 10, 2021
The trolling upset San Francisco fans soon after, though. After the Cardinals got a stop, their offense targeted Ward on a scramble play that saw Murray allow receiver DeAndre Hopkins to compete for a jump ball.
The pass was underthrown, but Ward didn’t adjust so well to make a play on the ball.
— Arizona Sports Fan (@SportsAzFan) October 10, 2021
It made for a 30-yard reception, which the Cardinals capitalized on with the very next play: a fade to Hopkins in the end zone for a touchdown from nine yards out.
That score was the difference Sunday in the 17-10 Arizona win at State Farm Stadium.
Niners fans were not enthralled with the decision by Ward to troll Murray. Others found the end result quite funny.
Oh man who was that not adjusting on the ball in the air with Hop? pic.twitter.com/LB8o7qDWLE
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) October 10, 2021
— RidiculousCage (@ridiculouscage) October 11, 2021
How it started How it ended pic.twitter.com/Kyvs8MXUOn
— Arizona Cardinals | Reddit (@CardsSubreddit) October 10, 2021
Good thing Jimmie Ward mocked Murray a couple minutes ago so he could then stand still on an under thrown ball. This team stinks.
— Jake-o’-lantern (@sphere10) October 10, 2021
Jimmie Ward is bad at interceptions. #49ers
— Tony Nagatani (@AnthonyNagatani) October 10, 2021
Theres jimmie wards ball skills … nonexistent
— Ryan (@BuzzzLight54) October 10, 2021
Murray, however, wasn’t so bothered by Ward’s mimicking.
“They earned it,” the quarterback said when asked about Ward’s pose. “Get the ball back, do whatever you want to do.”