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2012 Arizona Cardinals season
Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt
General Manager Rod Graves
Home Field University of Phoenix Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Place 4th NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Uniform
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The 2012 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League and the 25th in Arizona. After a surprising 4–0 start, the Cardinals lost 11 of their final 12 games, and missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season, resulting in the firing of head coach Ken Whisenhunt after six seasons.

2012 draft classEdit

The Cardinals did not have a second round pick.[a]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 13 Michael Floyd Wide Receiver Notre Dame
3 80 Jamell Fleming Cornerback Oklahoma
4 112 Bobby Massie Offensive Tackle Ole Miss
5 151 Senio Kelemete Guard Washington
6 177[b] Justin Bethel Safety Presbyterian
185 Ryan Lindley Quarterback San Diego State
7 221 Nate Potter Offensive Tackle Boise State
NOTES
^[a] The team traded its second-round selection and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for QB Kevin Kolb.
^[b] The team acquired this sixth-round selection (#177 overall) and DE Vonnie Holliday in a trade that sent RB Tim Hightower to the Washington Redskins.

StaffEdit

2012 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2012 Arizona Cardinals roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

The Cardinals' 2012 preseason began when they faced the New Orleans Saints in the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The game aired on the NFL Network, and it marked the fourth time for the Cardinals and the fifth time for the Saints playing in the Hall of Fame Game.[1] The remainder of the Cardinals' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012. In the third game against the Oakland Raiders, a fight broke out in the University of Phoenix Stadium parking lot in the third quarter, which later led to a man being "accidentally shot", according to police.[2]

Week Date Kickoff [a] Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
HOF August 5 5:00 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints L 10–17 0–1 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio) NFLN Recap
1 August 10 5:00 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs L 17–27 0–2 Arrowhead Stadium KNXV Recap
2 August 17 7:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders W 31–27 1–2 University of Phoenix Stadium KNXV Recap
3 August 23 5:00 p.m. at Tennessee Titans L 27–32 1–3 LP Field ESPN/KTVK Recap
4 August 30 8:00 p.m. Denver Broncos L 13–16 1–4 University of Phoenix Stadium NFLN/KNXV Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Kickoff [a] Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 1:25 p.m. Seattle Seahawks W 20–16 1–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 16 10:00 a.m. at New England Patriots W 20–18 2–0 Gillette Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 23 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles W 27–6 3–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
4 September 30 1:05 p.m. Miami Dolphins W 24–21 (OT) 4–0 University of Phoenix Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 4 5:20 p.m. at St. Louis Rams L 3–17 4–1 Edward Jones Dome NFLN[b] Recap
6 October 14 1:05 p.m. Buffalo Bills L 16–19 (OT) 4–2 University of Phoenix Stadium CBS Recap
7 October 21 10:00 a.m. at Minnesota Vikings L 14–21 4–3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Fox Recap
8 October 29 5:30 p.m. San Francisco 49ers L 3–24 4–4 University of Phoenix Stadium ESPN[c] Recap
9 November 4 11:00 a.m. at Green Bay Packers L 17–31 4–5 Lambeau Field Fox Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 11:00 a.m. at Atlanta Falcons L 19–23 4–6 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
12 November 25 2:25 p.m. St. Louis Rams L 17–31 4–7 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 2 11:00 a.m. at New York Jets L 6–7 4–8 MetLife Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 9 2:25 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks L 0–58 4–9 CenturyLink Field Fox Recap
15 December 16 2:05 p.m. Detroit Lions W 38–10 5–9 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 23 2:25 p.m. Chicago Bears L 13–28 5–10 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 30 2:25 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers L 13–27 5–11 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
LEGEND
^[a] The state of Arizona lies entirely within the Mountain Time Zone, but does not observe Daylight saving time (excluding the Navajo Nation), so it is effectively the same as Pacific Daylight Time from mid-March until the first Sunday of November. Therefore, all game times during the preseason and from Weeks 1–8 during the regular season are listed as Pacific time, while game times from Weeks 9–17 are listed as Mountain time.
^[b] Simulcast locally on KPHO-TV.
^[c] Simulcast locally on KTVK.
Bold indicates division opponents.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 0 10 3

16

Cardinals 3 7 3 7

20

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • ARI –

The Cardinals began their season at home against their divisional rival Seahawks with QB John Skelton at the starting helm. The team started their season 1-0 despite Skelton finishing the game 14/28 for 149 yards and an interception. Kevin Kolb later on made his Cards debut going 6/8 for 66 yards and a touchdown pass.

Week 2: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Two: Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 6 0 7 7

20

Patriots 3 3 3 9

18

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • NE –

In a huge upset at Gillette Stadium, the Arizona Cardinals beat the New England Patriots and become 2-0.

Week 3: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Week Three: Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 6 0

6

Cardinals 10 14 0 3

27

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • Jay Feely, 27 yard field goal, 3:52 (ARI 27-6)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 4: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Four: Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 13 0 8

21

Cardinals 0 0 7 14

24

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Overtime
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • ARI –

Week 5: at St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Five: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 0 0 0

3

Rams 7 3 0 7

17

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter 27-14
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • STL –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • STL –

Week 6: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Six: Buffalo Bills at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 9 0 7 0

19

Cardinals 3 7 3 3

16

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m.[a]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,385
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (CBS): Bill Macatee and Steve Tasker
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • ARI –

With the tough loss, the Cardinals fell to 4-2 and also with the Seahawks' win over the Patriots and the 49ers' loss to the Giants, the team remains in a tie for first place in the NFC West.

Week 7: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Seven: Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 0 7

14

Vikings 7 7 7 0

21

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • MIN –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • MIN –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • MIN –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • MIN –

Week 8: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Eight: San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 10 7 0

24

Cardinals 0 0 3 0

3

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • SF –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • SF –
  • ARI –

Week 9: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Nine: Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 10 0

17

Packers 7 14 10 0

31

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • GB –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • GB –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • GB –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • GB –

Losing their fifth straight game of the season by remaining winless at Lambeau Field (0-7), the Cardinals head into their bye week at 4-5.

Week 11: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Eleven: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 13 3 0 3

19

Falcons 0 16 0 7

23

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • ATL –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • ATL –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • ATL –

Week 12: vs. St. Louis RamsEdit

Week Twelve: St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 14 14 3

31

Cardinals 7 10 0 0

17

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,062
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • ARI –

Week 13: at New York JetsEdit

Week Thirteen: Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 0 3

6

Jets 0 0 0 7

7

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 11:00 a.m. MST
  • Game weather: 46 °F (8 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
Game information
First quarter
  • None
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Week 14: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Fourteen: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 0

0

Seahawks 10 28 13 7

58

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 67,685
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • SEA –

With that loss, the Cardinals were not only eliminated from postseason contention, but the 58-point loss was the worst in the Cardinals' franchise history.

Week 15: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Fifteen: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 7 3 0

10

Cardinals 0 21 3 14

38

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 2:05 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 57 °F (14 °C), sunny, clear skies
  • Game attendance: 60,483
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DET –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • DET –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • DET –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • DET –
  • ARI –

Week 16: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Sixteen: Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 14 7 0

28

Cardinals 3 3 0 7

13

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: December 23
  • Game time: 2:25 p.m. MST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,734
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CHI –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • CHI –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • CHI –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • CHI –
  • ARI –

Week 17: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Seventeen: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 3 0 7

13

49ers 0 7 10 10

27

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • ARI –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • ARI –
  • SF –

StandingsEdit

Template:2012 NFC West standings

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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