Locker Room Buzz: Arizona Cardinals

Observed in the locker room after the Arizona Cardinals' 32-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Play to win: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn’t enjoy leaving San Francisco with what amounted to a moral victory. “We only play to win,” he said. The Cardinals fell to 3-3 and into a tie for third -- and last -- in the NFC West. Arians added the Cardinals let a win slip out of their grasp.

Running game returns: One constant throughout the postgame locker room session was how Arizona’s running game, which came to life on the first drive of the second half, is necessary to win. With a running game that was eating yards and time, the 49ers pass rush wasn’t as effective.

No D, no W: Left tackle Eric Winston wasn’t shy about it. He said without the Cardinals’ defense Sunday, the Niners would’ve been in the driver’s seat in about seven minutes. But, he added, when the offense is struggling, the defense needs to come to the rescue.

TOs cause L: Arians and Winston said it: Four turnovers will not beat a team like the 49ers. The one positive, however, was that the Cardinals were able to keep it close until the fourth despite two early interceptions but two late fumbles did them in.