The Cardinals' regular-season finale Sunday was not like years prior; a significant accomplishment seemed within reach for the franchise. A victory over Seattle on Sunday with San Francisco providing help – by beating Los Angeles in Week 18 – would allow the Cardinals to clinch the NFC West title for the first time in six seasons.
The 49ers won, but the Cardinals did not.
Any loss is hard, especially one that costs the division crown.
"It's pretty disappointing," safety Jalen Thompson said. "We didn't come out and do our jobs the way we should've."