San Francisco Puts Cardinals Out Of Misery, End Season With 38-7 Win

The Cardinals, after being NFC West champs for two straight years, end the 2010 season as NFC West chumps.

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NFL Draft Order, Cardinals Pick Fifth

Now that the train wreck of a season that 2010 was for the Cardinals is complete, we fans are only left with looking ahead to the 2011 NFL Draft. The top of the draft is pretty much set, and the 5-11 Cardinals know their pick. They will have the fifth pick. The order is the Carolina Panthers (2-14), the Denver Broncos (4-12), the Buffalo Bills (4-12), the Cincinnati Bengals (4-12), the Arizona Cardinals (5-11) and the Cleveland Browns(5-11).

If you notice multiple teams with the same record, the method for breaking ties is not the same as determining playoff ranking or division championships. For the draft, the only thing that matters is strength of schedule. If you have the same record as another team and have a weaker schedule, the logic is that you are the worse team and are in greater need of a higher pick.

In the case of the Cardinals, they had a weaker schedule than the Browns, thanks to playing in the NFC West while the Browns had to play the Steelers and Ravens twice each. In fact, in almost every single case, had more teams finished with the same record as the Cardinals, Arizona would choose first because their schedule was weaker than almost every other team in the league.

Twice before in recent history the Cardinals have had the fifth pick in the draft. Most recently they drafted tackle Levi Brown and before that they drafted Anthony Bell. Hopefully, they do a better job this time around.

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Miserable Season Ends For Cardinals With 38-7 Embarrassment

The Arizona Cardinals were unable muster any offense and could not stop the San Francisco 49ers, losing 38-7. Brian Westbrook rushed for two touchdowns and Alex Smith threw for a pair of scores, giving interim coach Jim Tomsula a win in his coaching debut. The loss completed a 5-11 season for Arizona and sole possession of last place in the NFC West.

The game also marked the NFL debut for Cardinals quarterback Richard Bartel, who just a few weeks ago was hunting wild pigs. He came in at the end of the third quarter and finished the game. Skelton ended the game 14/25 for 92 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked three times.

The 49ers jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 37-yard pass from Smith to Ted Ginn, and extended it to 10-0 after a Jeff Reed 39-yard field goal. The Cardinals countered with their best drive of the game when Skelton drove Arizona down the field and connected with Larry Fitzgerald for a 10-yard score.

From that point, there was little to be pleased about for the Cardinals. Vernon Davis scored on a 59-yard pass from Alex Smith. Brian Westbrook, who torched the Cards defense for 123 yards in the last meeting, rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries and put the ball in the end zone twice. The exclamation point was a Bartel interception returned 62 yards for a TD.

In a game with a lack of positives, there was one. Larry Fitzgerald was rediscovered by Skelton and Bartel. He finished with 11 receptions for 125 yards and a score. His touchdown brought him within one score of tying Roy Green's team record for receiving touchdowns.

The win was the fourth straight over the Cardinals for the 49ers, who finished the season 6-10.

Arizona will have the fifth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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