Silver linings: Cardinals vs. Packers

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The facts: The Cardinals finished 10-6 with a 33-7 home defeat to Green Bay in Week 17.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • The outcome meant little.

  • Arizona emerged from the game with something to prove against Green Bay.

  • Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald was not injured while playing for stats late in the game.

  • Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's knee injury wasn't as serious as first thought. He has a chance to return this week.

  • Cornerback Ralph Brown picked off a pass and returned the ball 80 yards.

  • Punter Ben Graham dropped three more punts inside the 20 despite having only four attempts. He finished the season with 42 inside-the-20 punts in 86 attempts, matching the NFL record Andy Lee set on 105 total punts in 2007.

  • The season is only beginning.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals face the Packers in a wild-card playoff game Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.