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Paul Connors, Associated Press
Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan (9) stops Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) from scoring during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz.

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals' season turned around on a blocked field goal and a 99-yard punt return.

On Nov. 6, Calais Campbell knocked down what would have been the winning field goal for St. Louis, then rookie Patrick Peterson returned a punt from a step outside his goal line for the winning score in overtime. The Cardinals' six-game skid was history.

Three more overtime victories followed, capped by the 23-20 win over Seattle on Sunday. Arizona finished with a 7-2 spurt — a record only surpassed in that span by Green Bay, New Orleans and New England —and wound up 8-8 overall. Not great, not enough to make the playoffs, but enough to provide momentum and optimism heading into 2012.