Not the same old Cardinals

Quick show of hands, how many of you were thinking of Dennis Green and “we let ’em off the hook” while watching the final moments of the Cardinals’ 29-24 win over the 49ers? Don’t worry, you probably weren’t alone if you did. But the Cardinals did something unusual on Monday night.

They won.

In fact, they won a game they probably should have lost. Paola Boivin of The Arizona Republic says the old Cardinals would have lost that game.

    They were, at times, the Sloppy Old Cardinals, but when they had the opportunity to crash and burn on a national stage, they didn’t, beating San Francisco 29-24 on Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. MORE

And — there is a theme here — East Valley Tribune columnist Scott Bordrow says that the Cardinals should feel fortunate that they are expectations that the team didn’t reach on Monday night.

    Think about it. Back in August, what Cardinals fan wouldn’t have been giddy about a 6-3 record and a four-game lead in the NFC West? But the Cardinals have come so far that now, wins aren’t satisfactory. They can’t just beat a miserable team like the 49ers. They have to win big and look good in the process. MORE
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