The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.
The Cardinals picked off Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan five times.
Arizona built a 13-0 lead.
Defensive end Darnell Dockett appeared healthier following the bye. He dominated for stretches.
Inside linebackers Paris Lenon and Daryl Washington were aggressive and mostly effective in their run defense, as Pro Football Focus noted. Washington collected one of the Cardinals' interceptions, too.
Cornerback Greg Toler, who also had a pick, made a memorable play along the sideline to save the ball for a teammate to recover.
Rookie left tackle Nate Potter seemed to hold up relatively well while making his first NFL start. Matching up against the Falcons' John Abraham on the road will test most tackles. Potter provided an upgrade for Arizona.
Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling topped 100 yards rushing for the second time this season. The jump-cut move he made during a 52-yard gain stood out as exceptional.
The Cardinals did not throw an interception.
Arizona remained in third place within the NFC West when St. Louis also lost.
Dave Zastudil had a 42.9-yard net average with three punts downed inside the 20.
The Cardinals did not allow a passing touchdown for the third time this season.
Arizona became the first NFL team since 2010 to force six turnovers in a game. The Cardinals now rank fourth in takeaways with 22.
Looking ahead: The Cardinals are home against the St. Louis Rams in Week 12.