Cardinals vs. 49ers: What to Watch For

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The season finale is finally here.

As disastrous as the 2012 Cardinals season has been, this is the last game you'll be catching till August of 2013. So enjoy it while it lasts.

Here are the five things you should watch for in the final game against our division rivals:

1) Brian Hoyer

This one's obvious. Hoyer is getting the first start of his career, and this could very well be his audition to make next year's team. Watch to see how he does against one of the top defenses in the league.

2) Beanie Wells

Beanie Wells publicly stated that he does not expect to be back with the team next year. This game will be his audition for the other 31 teams in the league, so keep an eye out for him to tear it up.

3) Colin Kaepernick

This will be the Cardinals first game against rookie QB Colin Kapernick. Kaepernick has big shoes to fill against Arizona, as in the last matchup between the two teams, QB Alex Smith delivered a near-perfect 17-18 performance. Watch to see how the rookie performs against a team he'll be playing against a lot for the rest of his career.

4) Ken Whisenhunt

There's a lot of speculation as to whether Coach Whiz will be retained by the team for the following season. Watch to see how the coach that took the team to its first Superbowl reacts to what could be his last game with the Cardinals.

5) Daryl Washington

Washington was snubbed for the Pro Bowl this past week, which is a complete joke, considering the young LB'er is easily one of the MVP's for the team this season. Pay special attention to how the rising defensive star reacts to being rejected from the Pro Bowl.

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