Blocked field goal, punt return began Arizona's turnaround

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals' season turned around on a blocked field goal and a 99-yard punt return.

On Nov. 6, Calais Campbell knocked down what would have been the winning field goal for St. Louis, then rookie Patrick Peterson returned a punt from a step outside his goal line for the winning score in overtime.

The Cardinals' six-game skid was history.

Three more overtime victories followed, capped by the 23-20 win over Seattle on Sunday. Arizona finished with a 7-2 spurt -- a record only surpassed in that span by Green Bay, New Orleans and New England  --and wound up 8-8 overall.

Not great, not enough to make the playoffs, but enough to provide momentum and optimism heading into 2012.