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This season is finally over, and along with the Cardinals losing we also got to see some rough losses by the Coyotes and the Suns... Depressing

The End In San Francisco
Cardinals close "nightmare" season with 38-7 loss to 49ers

Arizona Cardinals routed by San Francisco 49ers in season finale
The end was neither merciful nor quick. But it did arrive, and that's about the best thing that came out of the Cardinals season finale Sunday against the 49ers at Candlestick Park.

Miserable Season Ends For Cardinals With 38-7 Embarrassment - SB Nation Arizona
The Arizona Cardinals were unable muster any offense and could not stop the San Francisco 49ers, losing 38-7. Brian Westbrook rushed for two touchdowns and Alex Smith threw for a pair of scores, giving interim coach Jim Tomsula a win in his coaching debut. The loss completed a 5-11 season for Arizona and sole possession of last place in the NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
With all the pressure off, the San Francisco 49ers decided to just have fun. Fired-up, fill-in coach Jim Tomsula had a lot to do with that.

Whiz talks change
Coach Ken Whisenhunt just had his season-ending presser. Change is coming, he said — "When you go 5-11 … it has to be that way" — but he was short on specifics. Not a shock. Whisenhunt isn’t going to call people out publicly. Never has been his style. blogs - Kent Somers - Putting a season to bed
Here are some quick highlights from coach Ken Whisenhunt's press conference on Monday.

Test Driving Another QB
From the middle of preseason, when Derek Anderson surpassed Matt Leinart on the depth chart, the Cardinals’ quarterback situation was constantly in flux. Why would Sunday’s season finale be any different? - Espo: Looking for rebound relationship after Cards
While watching the Sunday night sports shows, reading Monday's newspaper or listening to radio on your drive into work you probably noticed something familiar. The Arizona Cardinals, as the Beatles would say, got back to where they once belonged while fans and those with a platform to express their opinion have reverted to their pessimistic ways, Bidwill-bashing ways (not that it all is unwarranted).

Wrap-up: 49ers 38, Cardinals 7 - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 38-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park in Week 17:

49ers aftermath
It seemed like the question to ask, so I was asking it. Is it a relief to have this season over?

Arizona Cardinals offense loses tight end Stephen Spach during warm-ups
The Cardinals offense didn't make it out of pregame warm ups Sunday without suffering a loss.

NFL Videos: GameDay: Cardinals vs. 49ers highlights
Highlights of the 49ers 38-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL Videos: Cardinals postgame press conference
Cardinals react following game with 49ers

In the Red Zone with Ken Whisenhunt - 2010 Review
Coach Whisenhunt reviews the Cardinals 2010 season with Doug and Wolf on Sports 620 KTAR

Phoenix Suns' late collapse leads to 94-89 loss to Sacramento Kings
After the Suns lost at home to Philadelphia when the 76ers were missing their star, Suns center Marcin Gortat said things could not get any worse. It took only four days to find a new low.

Phoenix Coyotes can't complete rally, fall to Minnesota Wild 6-5 in overtime
The Minnesota Wild players were simply relieved. Two days after being booed off home ice, the Wild appeared on their way to a second consecutive loss after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period Sunday night against Phoenix. Instead of sulking or quitting, Minnesota rallied for an improbable 6-5 overtime victory.

Seattle Seahawks take NFC West with 16-6 win over St. Louis Rams
Laugh all you want, the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks are going to the playoffs as champions of the NFC West.

Time for Arizona Cardinals to spend their way out of the cellar
Welcome back to the basement, Bidwill family. In some ways, it must feel like home. Try not to get too comfortable. Please refrain from hanging pictures on the wall.

Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers play of the game
Arizona Cardinals-San Francisco 49ers play of the game, The 49ers had the ball on their own 41-yard line. It was second down and 10. There was 13:13 remaining in the third quarter.

Arizona Sports In 2011: It Could Get Ugly - SB Nation Arizona
2010 had its highs and lows in Arizona sports. 2011 might just be lows.

NFL Sunday Night Football, Week 17: Rams/Seahawks Should Have Been Cardinals/49ers - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona
As the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams face off in a playoff-deciding Week 17 Sunday Night Football game, the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are left to wonder what could have been their featured game on Sunday night. - Cardinals' Feely deserving of Pro Bowl alternate
Of the five Cardinals players who were named Pro Bowl alternates, our team sources agree the most deserving selection was PK Jay Feely, who unbeknownst to many, fought through a nagging groin injury to put together a very solid season. "He was really hurting for a while there, including in the Denver game, when he scored all those points (25, to be exact)," one source told PFW.

Brett Favre: It’s time. I know it’s time | ProFootballTalk
We’ll stop short of saying that Brett Favre announced his retirement at a post-game press conference in Detroit, but if any player other than Favre said what he said we’d probably use the "R" word without reservations. Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota and Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune are both sending tweets from Detroit full of quotes from Favre that sound like a man walking away from the game.

Reid: Michael Vick will practice this week | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio suggested Sunday that the Eagles might have a quick hook for quarterback Michael Vick in the wild-card round. Kevin Kolb is considered one of the better backups in the league, and Vick has been banged up. Kolb didn’t play well against the Cowboys, however, completing just 50 percent of his 36 pass attempts and committing four turnovers in the 14-13 loss. He gets something of a pass because the Eagles rested a large chunk of their starting lineup — undrafted rookie fill-in left tackle Austin Howard was throttled for three sacks by DeMarcus Ware — but there’s no question that Vick is the Eagles’ best option at quarterback heading into the playoffs.

Bradford gets $50 million guaranteed, buys a ping-pong table | ProFootballTalk
The Rams made quarterback Sam Bradford the first overall pick in the draft. The Rams gave Bradford a contract with $24 million guaranteed on signing, and $26 million more likely guaranteed in due time. So how has he used that money? He bought a ping-pong table.

Updated first-round draft order - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
NFL news, commentary, scores, stats, standings, audio and video highlights from ESPN.

Alex Smith scoffs at suggestion he could return to 49ers | ProFootballTalk
Alex Smith thinks his chances of returning to the San Francisco 49ers are nil. After Sunday’s season finale, the San Jose Mercury News asked Smith if he could envision a scenario in which he could return to the 49ers in 2011.

NFL playoff field, draft order set; coaching carousel begins to spin - Peter King -
Fine 15, MVP Watch, The Awards Section and 10 Things I Think I Think

The Ravens' palatable playoff draw, coaching ins & outs, more Snaps - Don Banks -
Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take in a 16-game NFL Sunday in which 16 teams entered game No. 16 with their Super Bowl chances still alive ...

Report: Leslie Frazier accepts permanent Minnesota Vikings job - ESPN
Leslie Frazier has agreed to become the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

Tom Cable unlikely to return to Oakland Raiders in 2011, sources say - ESPN
Tom Cable is unlikely to return as the Oakland Raiders' head coach in 2011, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Sources: Gary Kubiak will return as Houston Texans' coach - ESPN
Despite the fact that the Houston Texans have lost four in a row and eight of their past nine, owner Bob McNair will not make a change at head coach and Gary Kubiak will return for another season, according to league sources.

Sources: Jason Garrett favorite for Dallas Cowboys' job - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Cowboys interim coach Jason Garrett is the leading candidate to become the full-time coach, according to multiple sources.

Brett Favre of Minnesota Vikings says he's retiring after 20-year career - ESPN
Brett Favre says it's time for him to call it a career.

Cleveland Browns fire Eric Mangini after another 5-11 season - ESPN
Eric Mangini won't be granted a third season as Cleveland's coach.

Florida Gators confirm addition of Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator - ESPN
Florida has confirmed that former Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Charlie Weis will be Will Muschamp's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Laugh all you want, the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks are going to the playoffs as champions of the NFC West.

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
The Atlanta Falcons, No. 1 in the NFC, embraced home-field advantage in the playoffs. The Carolina Panthers, No. 1 in the NFL draft, said goodbye to their coach.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
There are steps, some big, some small, teams must take before they can be Super Bowl champions. The Pittsburgh Steelers know the uphill path well. On Sunday, they quickened their pace.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Brett Favre lingered on the sideline during what was likely the last game of his 20-season career, often looking like he'd rather be lounging on a couch back home in Mississippi. Now, he can.

Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
If this turns out to be Tom Cable's last year as Oakland's head coach, at least he'll know he made history.

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Tom Brady usually finds his targets. Now he can finally set his sights on playoff success.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can at least take pride in more than doubling last season's win total and beating the defending champs on their own turf.

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Mark Sanchez handed the ball off to Joe McKnight and then got out of the way. Nine times -- without a throw. Then, the New York Jets quarterback called it a day.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
The Baltimore Ravens were already in the playoffs, so their focus on the final day of the regular season was to gain momentum and hope for a little luck. They took care of the first part -- albeit shakily -- and got no help with the second part.

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
No team could have been happier to see the calendar turn to 2011 than the Denver Broncos. They couldn't escape a dark cloud on or off the football field during a franchise-worst 12-loss season.

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
There's no such thing as an ugly win when it clinches a playoff berth. Especially when it comes against a division rival playing all-out for a knockout.

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
The Indianapolis Colts are back in the playoffs. And they look like they're ready to defend their AFC championship, too.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Jason Garrett completed his audition and now Jerry Jones has to decide if he's the man to lead the Dallas Cowboys.

New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Chants of "Green Bay won!" started to spread in the stadium in the game's final minute, taunting a New York Giants team in no mood to celebrate a victory of its own.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans - Recap - January 02, 2011 - ESPN
Texans owner Bob McNair will meet with coach Gary Kubiak on Monday to assess what went wrong this season. On Sunday, the spotlight belonged to Arian Foster.