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Silver linings: Cardinals vs. Bengals

The facts: The Arizona Cardinals fell to 7-8 following a 23-16 road defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16.

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

  • The Cardinals rallied from a 23-0 deficit in the fourth quarter and had a chance to tie the game with a play that left receiver Early Doucet wide open in the end zone when Arizona trailed by seven.

  • Larry Fitzgerald caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Andre Roberts added six receptions for 75 yards.

  • The Cardinals held the Bengals to 301 yards. They allowed no plays longer than 23 yards.

  • Calais Campbell collected another sack, his eighth of the season. He had seven tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.

  • Rookie Sam Acho collected his sixth sack of the season.

  • Adrian Wilson had a pass defensed and a forced fumble.

  • Kerry Rhodes recovered two fumbles.

  • Beanie Wells picked up three yards on fourth-and-2 when the Cardinals were making their comeback in the fourth quarter.

  • Doucet's 27-yard reception in the fourth quarter moved the Cardinals past midfield for the first time.

  • Arizona is a home victory away from finishing 8-8, an improvement of three games from last season.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals close out the regular season at home against the Seattle Seahawks.