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Monday, November 8, 2010
Around the NFC West: Cards' heartbreak

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals couldn't hang with Brett Favre when the game was on the line Sunday. Strong safety Adrian Wilson described a "money" pass from Favre to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Said nose tackle Bryan Robinson: "You can actually hear that ball just whistling by when he throws. They stuck in there. The finished the game, and we didn't." Favre set a career high with 446 yards passing. He has also had a six-touchdown game against Arizona, in 2008. The Cardinals have lost three in a row for the first time since the 2007 season. They've blown the past two games. Derek Anderson's turnover-free performance stands as one positive for Arizona from this game. The Cardinals aren't going to face Favre every week, after all.

Also from Somers: postgame notes and thoughts, including one about how the Cardinals have eight touchdowns on returns and 11 by conventional means.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic says the Cardinals' lose-from-ahead defeat in Minnesota stung. Larry Fitzgerald says the team's Super Bowl defeat ranks atop the list. Fitzgerald: "But this is right up there. We had them down, man. We had them."

Also from Bickley: That pass to Shiancoe was the play of the game.

Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic thinks the Cardinals should pursue Donovan McNabb during the offseason. McNabb is a declining older player unable to keep a job. Wait, that was Kurt Warner.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com offers postgame Cardinals notes, including these regarding younger players: "Safety Rashad Johnson got his first career interception, but he was in no mood to talk about it after the way the game ended. O’Brien Schofield not only got his first work at linebacker but stripped Percy Harvin on the kickoff that Michael Adams returned for a touchdown. Andre Roberts got his first NFL touchdown on a nifty 30-yard catch-and-run at the end of the first half (pictured below). His troubles seem to be fading into the background. Let’s hope so."

Also from Urban: Ken Whisenhunt took a glass-half-full approach to the defeat. Urban: "Whisenhunt praised his team’s effort and didn’t sound like a coach who was interested in chastising his players for falling short. Building on what the Cards did positively is the only option."

More from Urban: Joey Porter suddenly has five sacks on the season after collecting two more Sunday. Porter: "Earlier in the week I don’t get no interviews, I get a couple sacks and you all surround me like I did something amazing. You all are the same people that told me three weeks ago I didn’t have it no more. So I get two sacks and I have 10 people waiting for me. I ain’t got nothing to prove to you all. I will be there where I need to be. Someone starts off slow and don’t have any sacks you think I should have, I don’t get no interviews. I get two sacks and you all want to be in front of me. I find that funny." Production does tend to make players relevant.

More yet from Urban: The Vikings sacked Anderson six times overall, including four times beginning with the Cardinals' final possession of regulation.