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The Cardinals finally fall … hard

It's look-ahead time for the defending world champs, who went quietly in Game 7

Originally Published: October 23, 2012
By Molly Knight | ESPN The Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO -- It was supposed to be a dog fight. It wound up being a drubbing.

The San Francisco Giants crushed the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in the decisive Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night, overcoming a 3-1 series deficit to shock the defending World Series champions and bounce them from the playoffs.

St. Louis had three chances to win one more game to get back to the Fall Classic. They couldn't do it. Couldn't buy a hit with runners ...

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