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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
PHOENIX -- The Cardinals won't have to worry about facing an opponent as complete as the Giants until the playoffs. That's a good thing for Arizona.
The Giants pounded quarterback Kurt Warner once they proved that Arizona posed no threat on the ground. Warner's ability to get rid of the football quickly has usually been enough against lesser opponents. The Giants also showed they could cover downfield, however, throwing off the timing of the Cardinals' receivers.
A Cardinals victory would have vaulted Arizona into the race for home-field advantage in the NFC. That goal was never very realistic. As a result, nothing much changes for the Cardinals after losing this game. They'll still win the NFC West and host a playoff game.