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Arizona Cardinals’ Report Card for Week 17 of the NFL Season

December 31st, 2012 at 11:50 AM
By Steve Smith

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The Arizona Cardinals concluded their 2012 season with a 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers yesterday at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Let's take a look at their Report Card for that contest:

Offense: D +

First the good news: Rookie wide receiver Michael Floyd had a sensational game, making eight receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown, by far his best game as a pro. He's a real talent. Brian Hoyer performed decently in his first NFL start at quarterback, throwing for 225 yards with a TD and one interception. Could he be the Cardinals starting quarterback going forward? Time will tell but he and Kevin Kolb certainly looked better in the role than John Skelton and Ryan Lindley did this season.

Now the bad news: The Red Birds could muster just 13 points and were held to only 55 yards rushing. After an eight catch, 111-yard performance in Week 16, Larry Fitzgerald was held to two receptions for 13 yards while Rob Housler went without a catch for the second game in a row. Andre Roberts had just three catches for 18 yards. Not good.

Defense: D

Once again, Michael Crabtree burned the Cardinals in a big way with eight receptions for a career-high 172 yards and two touchdowns, giving him four touchdown catches in just two games against Arizona this season. He's developing into one of the better wide receivers in the league.

The Cardinals allowed 407 yards from scrimmage and did not force any turnovers. They had just one sack of Colin Kaepernick (by Calais Campbell). Kaepernick threw for a career-high 276 yards.

On the positive side, Frank Gore was held to just 68 yards on the ground (he did have a two-yard score) while linebacker Daryl Washington concluded a terrific season with a team-leading eight tackles.

Special Teams: B

Another solid performance. Jay Feely connected on both of his field goal attempts while punter Dave Zastudil concluded his brilliant season with a 50.8 average on six boots, including a 70-yarder, his longest of the season. He also added two punts inside the 20, extending his league record to 46.

The very dangerous Ted Ginn, Jr. of the 49ers returned his lone punt for 28 yards but at least the Cards held him out of the end zone. LaRod Stephens-Howling and Patrick Paterson did a decent job returning kickoffs and punts, respectively.

Happy New Year everyone!

 

 

 

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Brian Hoyer, Calais Campbell, Daryl Washington, Dave Zastudil, Football, Jay Feely, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Michael Crabtree, Michael Floyd, NFL

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