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Silver linings: Cardinals at 49ers

11/21/2011

The facts: The Arizona Cardinals fell to 3-7 following a 23-7 road defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • The Cardinals held the 49ers to two touchdowns in six red zone possessions. This was Arizona's third consecutive game holding the opponent to 33 percent or worse in the red zone.

  • Arizona allowed only 3.3 yards per rushing attempt.

  • Calais Campbell and Patrick Peterson blocked field-goal attempts.

  • The Cardinals' defense and special teams played well enough early for Arizona to trail only 9-0 at halftime despite getting no help from the offense.

  • Daryl Washington's interception in the end zone gave Arizona at least one pick in four consecutive games.

  • Larry Fitzgerald became the second-youngest receiver in NFL history to reach 9,000 career yards. Only Randy Moss was younger.

  • Rich Bartel completed the first touchdown pass of his career, finding Fitzgerald over the middle. The play spared the Cardinals from being shut out for the first time since 2003.

  • Chester Taylor's 34-yard run was the longest run against the 49ers this season.

  • O'Brien Schofield, David Carter and Adrian Wilson had tackles for loss.

  • Stewart Bradley made multiple impact tackles on special teams, including a memorable hit on 49ers returner Ted Ginn Jr.

  • The Cardinals allowed only two sacks, including none to Justin Smith, who had three against them in one game last season.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals visit the St. Louis Rams in Week 12.