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Around the NFC West: Cards break through

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says Edgerrin James proved there's still a place for him in the Cardinals' offense.

More from Somers: The Cardinals weren't sure how to react after finally winning a division title.

Also from Somers: James says it's "not about me" in reference to his diminished role this season.

Still more from Somers: The Cardinals' offense wasn't at its best, with Kurt Warner missing open receivers, throwing an interception and suffering two more delay-of-game penalties.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic dedicates the Cardinals' victory to long-suffering fans who sat through years of losing. Bickley gives much of the credit to team president Michael Bidwill.

Also from Bickley: A quick look at the play of the game, courtesy of linebacker Gerald Hayes.

Richard Obert of the Arizona Republic says the Arizona defense made the key plays in putting away the Rams. Hayes forced two Steven Jackson fumbles in a span of three plays. Darnell Dockett returned the second fumble for a touchdown.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com says the setting was perfect for the Cardinals, playing at home on alumni weekend, to celebrate their NFC West title.

Also from Urban: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's 99-yard interception return put an exclamation point on the victory.

More from Urban: Winning a division title brought out the emotions in Adrian Wilson, who has suffered through some tough seasons in Arizona.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals might have killed their losing culture by winning a division title.

Also from Tulumello: The Cardinals' offense did not score in the second half. Not that it mattered.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune counts the ways Arizona made progress through its victory.