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.