2012 Arizona Cardinals Season
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2012 Arizona Cardinals Season
2012 Arizona Cardinals season
Arizona Cardinals logo (2005).png
OwnerBill Bidwill
Head coachKen Whisenhunt
General managerRod Graves
Home fieldUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Larry Fitzgerald
LB Daryl Washington
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The 2012 season was the Arizona Cardinals' 93rd in the National Football League and their 25th in Arizona. After a surprising 4-0 start, which included a major upset of the New England Patriots in week 2, 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. This was Rod Graves last season as General Manager of the Cardinals. A day after the final game of the regular season, he was fired after 16 seasons. As of 2020, this is the Cardinals most recent 4-0 start.

2012 draft class

Arizona at the New York Jets in week 13


Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
HOF August 5 vs. New Orleans Saints L 10-17 0-1 Fawcett Stadium (Canton, Ohio) Recap
1 August 10 at Kansas City Chiefs L 17-27 0-2 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 August 17 Oakland Raiders W 31-27 1-2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
3 August 23 at Tennessee Titans L 27-32 1-3 LP Field Recap
4 August 30 Denver Broncos L 13-16 1-4 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Recap
1 September 9 Seattle Seahawks W 20-16 1-0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 September 16 at New England Patriots W 20-18 2-0 Gillette Stadium Recap
3 September 23 Philadelphia Eagles W 27-6 3-0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 September 30 Miami Dolphins W 24-21 (OT) 4-0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
5 October 4 at St. Louis Rams L 3-17 4-1 Edward Jones Dome Recap
6 October 14 Buffalo Bills L 16-19 (OT) 4-2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
7 October 21 at Minnesota Vikings L 14-21 4-3 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Recap
8 October 29 San Francisco 49ers L 3-24 4-4 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
9 November 4 at Green Bay Packers L 17-31 4-5 Lambeau Field Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 at Atlanta Falcons L 19-23 4-6 Georgia Dome Recap
12 November 25 St. Louis Rams L 17-31 4-7 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
13 December 2 at New York Jets L 6-7 4-8 MetLife Stadium Recap
14 December 9 at Seattle Seahawks L 0-58 4-9 CenturyLink Field Recap
15 December 16 Detroit Lions W 38-10 5-9 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
16 December 23 Chicago Bears L 13-28 5-10 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at San Francisco 49ers L 13-27 5-11 Candlestick Park Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Cardinals began their season at home against their divisional rival Seahawks with quarterback 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 a appearance in relief of Skelton going 6/8 for 66 yards and a touchdown pass.

Week 2: at New England Patriots

In a huge upset at Gillette Stadium, the Cardinals beat the Patriots to become 2-0. This was the Cardinals' first win against the Patriots since 1991.

Week 3: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

With the win, the Cardinals started 3-0 for the first time since 1974.

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 5: at St. Louis Rams

This was the Cardinals' 700th loss. They became the first team in NFL history to do this.

Week 6: vs. Buffalo Bills

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 remained in a tie for first place in the NFC West.

Week 7: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 8: vs. San Francisco 49ers

Week 9: at Green Bay Packers

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

Week 11: at Atlanta Falcons

Week 12: vs. St. Louis Rams

Week 13: at New York Jets

Week 14: at Seattle Seahawks

With the loss, the Cardinals were not only eliminated from postseason contention and also falling to 4-9, but the 58-point loss was the worst in franchise history. They committed 8 turnovers, which was the most that the Cardinals have ever committed in a game. Arizona only had 154 yards of total offense while the defense gave up 493 yards.

Week 15: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 16: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 17: at San Francisco 49ers

With this loss, the Cardinals surpassed the 1989 Chicago Bears for the worst record by an NFL team starting 4-0.[1]


NFC West
(2) San Francisco 49ers 11 4 1 .719 3-2-1 7-4-1 397 273 W1
(5) Seattle Seahawks 11 5 0 .688 3-3 8-4 412 245 W5
St. Louis Rams 7 8 1 .469 4-1-1 6-5-1 299 348 L1
Arizona Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1-5 3-9 250 357 L2


  1. ^ The Cardinals traded their second-round selection and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Kevin Kolb.
  2. ^ The Cardinals acquired this sixth-round selection (No. 177 overall) and defensive end Vonnie Holliday in a trade that sent running back Tim Hightower to the Washington Redskins.


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