When the Arizona Cardinals beat the San Francisco 49ers, it improved Arizona's record to 6-7 and set the Niners back to 10-3. It ended a five-game losing streak against San Francisco and probably got the bad taste out of John Skelton's mouth after he looked as bad as a QB can look when he started against them in San Francisco just a few weeks ago.
However, there were also some other trends in the series that were broken with the victory.
With the Cardinals' win, it is the first time since 2003 that the two teams split the season series.
During the Cardinals' five-game losing streak against San Francisco, they had not scored more than one touchdown in any game and only once had scored in double digits. On Sunday, they scored three touchdowns.
Despite the win, the Cardinals lost the turnover battle. San Francisco did not turn the ball over and Arizona gave it away three times. It marked only the second time since 2002 in which the team with more turnovers won the game. Obviously, the team wants to cut out the turnovers, but to manage and get the win anyway is a start in the right direction.
It is clear that the defense has been doing its job, but it was the offense that made the difference. They made second half adjustments and put points on the board. It was exactly what was missing.
If any other notable stats/trends come up, I'll be sure to sell them.