Around the NFC West: Cardinals arrive

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic thinks the Cardinals' veteran players give them a better chance to sustain success and reach the playoffs.

Also from Somers: Coach Ken Whisenhunt told the kick-return team he wanted at least one return covering 50 yards or longer. J.J. Arrington made it 93 yards.

Also from Somers: He re-watched the game and came away even more impressed by the Arizona pass rush.

More from Somers: An assessment of what the victory means to the Cardinals.

Somers again: The Cardinals' versatility on offense was a key to the game.

Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic describes a team mentally tough enough to reach the playoffs.

Also from Bickley: A look at the blocked put that won the game for Arizona.

Doug Haller of the Arizona Republic cites a reliable source in saying these Cardinals aren't the same old ones. Cowboys guard Leonard Davis, formerly of the Cardinals, offers a testimonial.

Scott Allen of RaisiingZona.com had another postgame report ready to go until the Cardinals found a way to win in overtime.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com offers postgame thoughts, including an in-the-shower confidential involving Antonio Smith and Sean Morey. Smith apparently told Morey through suds last week that he missed the days when Morey blocked punts.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals have finally stepped out of their bumbling past.

Also from Tulumello: How the Cardinals overcame mistakes and poor officiating.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals feel as though they can beat any team in the league.