Around the NFC West: Cardinals escape

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic looks at what we learned about the Cardinals during their 29-24 victory over the 49ers on Monday night. Handing off to Anquan Boldin on third-and-7 didn't make a lot of sense.

Also from Somers: The Cardinals found a way to win, yes, but they were lucky, too.

More from Somers: Aeneas Williams entered the Ring of Honor at halftime.

Final thoughts from Somers: Uneven officiating left both teams scratching helmets.

Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic looks at Steve Breaston's role in the Cardinals' victory.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com suggests past Cardinals teams might have lost a game such as this one.

Also from Urban: Arizona's defense made big plays despite going without a sack for the first time in 31 games.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic suggests burying the "Same Old Cardinals" moniker that came to mind during the more harrowing moments Monday night.

Also from Boivin: A quick look at the key play of the game.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals all but wrapped up the NFC West and a playoff berth.

Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals' 6-3 record offsets concerns about the team's less-than-convincing performance Monday night.