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49ers vs. Cardinals final score: No playoffs for Arizona, San Francisco gets 23-20 win with last-second FG

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Old teammate/new nemesis Anquan Boldin, Niners kicker Dawson and New Orleans Saints win spells missed playoffs for the Arizona Cardinals.

Norm Hall

Even before Jay Feely's 43 FG with 34 seconds left tied the game at 20 in regulation, the Cardinal's could look at the scoreboard and know the playoffs were not in line after the New Orleans Saints had defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just a few seconds earlier, 42-17. It was for pride after that and even that didn't end up well.

San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson made a a game ending, winning 40 yard field goal to unofficially end the Cards postseason hopes with a 23-20 win.

Former Cardinals Anquan Boldin had 6 receptions for 106 yards and 1 TD in the first quarter in his first game in AZ since a trade, en route to a 9/145/1 stat line while Jay Feely missed FGs of 37 and 43 yards to push Arizona, which needed a win and a Tampa Bay Buccaneer loss to the New Orleans Saints to the offseason. Neither team could oblige.

Carson Palmer went over 4,000 yards for the season, Michael Floyd 1,000 receiving yards and Feely second on the single season Cardinals scoring season but the team failed to make the playoffs for the third year in a row. It's Palmer's third 4,000 passing season with three different teams, setting an NFL record. The 4,272 yards also equal a personal best surpassing the 4,131 he threw for the Bengals in 2007. His two touchdowns also gave him 213 on the NFL career list passing Terry Bradshaw for 26th.

Despite Feely's missed FGs he moved second on the Cardinals  single season scoring list 123, trailing only Neil Racker's 140 points in 2005.

Calais Campbell set a career high with 9 sacks.

The Niners led 17-0 after the first quarter and seemed on the verge of a blowout until the Cardinals scored 20 consecutive points. Palmer and Rashard Mendenhall had two crucial mistakes deep in Arizona territory with an interception and fumble, respectively, to give the Niners more opportunities.

Cards finished season -1 in turnovers.

Cardinals end season at an Arizona franchise tying best 10-6 and San Francisco finishes 12-4.