Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
The facts: The Cardinals fell to 7-4 after a 20-17 road loss to the Titans in Week 12.
The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
Starting quarterback Kurt Warner smartly decided against playing after experiencing sensitivity to light following the concussion he suffered a week earlier.
Backup quarterback Matt Leinart improved as the game progressed, helping the Cardinals take the lead in the fourth quarter. Leinart reestablished himself as a more legitimate candidate to replace Warner in the long term.
Tim Hightower ran hard and ran effectively despite limited attempts.
The Cardinals downed five of Ben Graham's six punts inside the Tennessee 20, helping Graham finish with a 48-yard net average.
LaRod Stephens-Howling downed one of those punts at the 5, one at the 2 and another at the 1. His 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown kept the Cardinals close in the second half.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made a few big plays, including when he forced a fumble after a 51-yard reception by the Titans.
The Cardinals allowed only one sack.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals face the Vikings at home in Week 13.