Blocked FG, punt return began Arizona's turnaround

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 02, 2012
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.
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