By Josh Katzowitz
While the Cardinals and Seahawks didn’t get much play Sunday -- and probably didn’t get many viewers, considering the Bengals, Broncos and Raiders were all fighting for playoff spots at the same time as Arizona in games that were close until the end -- give credit to Arizona for winning the 23-20 game in overtime to finish 8-8 on the season.
And give the Cardinals credit for being tough.
According to his father, Larry Fitzgerald Sr., Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (Jr.) suffered a lung injury at some point Sunday and was spitting up blood on the sideline, and as the Arizona Republic writes, quarterback John Skelton fainted before the game after he got his knee drained and then completed 22 of 40 passes for 271 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
But what was most impressive with the Cardinals this season was the way they finished the year, winning seven of their final nine games and giving the kind of effort that will ensure coach Ken Whisenhunt’s return next season.
"It's just exciting to see the fight in this football team," Whisenhunt said. "And to get that win was big for us."
Although the Cardinals didn’t have a shot at winning the NFC West this year -- not with the season the 49ers have had -- the way they ended 2011 has to be encouraging for next year.
"Football is much like life," Skelton said, via the Republic. "There are a lot of ups and downs, and you've just got to rebound and be able to stay on the straight and narrow. Sometimes the chips are down, (but) we have great guys on our team that know that even when the cards are stacked against us, we still have a shot."
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