Silver linings: Cardinals at 49ers

December, 31, 2012
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The facts: The Arizona Cardinals finished the 2012 season with a 5-11 record thanks to a 27-13 road defeat to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 17.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
  • The Cardinals emerged with the seventh pick in the 2013 draft behind Kansas City, Jacksonville, Oakland, Philadelphia, Detroit and Cleveland.
  • Kicker Jay Feely made both field goal tries.
  • Arizona led the game, 6-0.
  • The Cardinals allowed only two sacks. They held the 49ers' Aldon Smith without a sack, preventing Smith from challenging the single-season record for sacks.
  • Calais Campbell collected another sack, giving him one in each of the Cardinals' final three games and 6.5 for the season.
  • Arizona held Frank Gore to 3.4 yards per carry and a long run of 9 yards.
  • Rookie Michael Floyd caught eight passes for 166 yards and a 37-yard touchdown.
  • The Cardinals held the 49ers to 29 percent on third-down conversions.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals have yet to announce potential changes to their front office or coaching staff.

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