Progress not enough to prevent 8th straight loss for 49ers (The Associated Press)

The defense held an opponent’s top back under 100 yards rushing for the first time since the opener, Colin Kaepernick and the offense delivered a few big plays and the San Francisco 49ers were competitive until the end. Despite clear signs of progress Sunday, that all added up to an eighth straight loss for the Niners when they lost 23-20 to the Arizona Cardinals on a last-second field goal. ”I don’t think anybody is patting themselves on the back for being close with Arizona,” coach Chip Kelly said Monday.