Defense, big plays lead Cardinals' resurgence

Defense, big plays lead Cardinals' resurgence

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Arizona Cardinals' Nick Eason (98) and Darnell Dockett try to get the fans cheering loud during the first quarter in an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on December 13, 2011 at 8:21 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Given up as a lost cause seven weeks into the season, the Arizona Cardinals have won five of six to climb within a game of .500.

Consecutive victories over Dallas and San Francisco have stamped Arizona's resurgence with legitimacy.

If the Cardinals win out, they will have a winning season and maybe even make the playoffs.

It's a turnaround based on defense and big plays, as well as the steady hand of coach Ken Whisenhunt, who reminded everyone after Sunday's 21-19 victory over San Francisco that he and his team never wavered from their approach in the six-game slide that left the Cardinals 1-6.

The win over the 49ers was Whisenhunt's 42nd as Arizona's coach, tying him with Don Coryell for most in the franchise's history.
 

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