GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Never mind that the Cardinals offense looked as inept as ever Monday night -- that's old news.
The story of the Cards' 24-3 loss to the 49ers was a sloppy, porous defense that failed a big test and helped push the team's season another step toward the proverbial cliff.
"This was a big test for us tonight, and you saw how it went for us," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We didn't get the job done, so it's disappointing, to say the least."
Make no mistake: The Arizona offense deserves the brunt of the blame for Monday night's loss, the team's fourth straight. Quarterback John Skelton was off target all night, throwing high, low, left and right of receivers. He finished 32 of 52 with 290 yards and an interception. Only 72 of those yards came in the first half as San Francisco took control of the game.
The Cardinals could not make much happen on the ground either, gaining just six yards in the first half and going almost exclusively to the air late in the third quart...