The Arizona Cardinals are going to need some help from the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. If the Falcons can find a way to top the San Francisco 49ers in the last game ever played at Candlestick Park, then maybe — just maybe, the Cardinals can make it to the postseason. However, the Falcons and 49ers don’t play one another until Monday night, which means Arizona will have to take care of business on Sunday and will simply be spectators on Monday.
Right now, the Cardinals are the third place team in the NFC West with a 9-5 overall record. Unfortunately for Cards fans, Arizona’s abysmal 1-3 division record has them out of the playoffs if they were to start today. Luckily, Bruce Arians‘ club is still in the hunt as it needs to defeat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and have the Falcons top the 49ers in order to stay alive heading into Week 17.
And as fate would have it: the 49ers trek to Arizona in the regular season finale, in a game that might decide the NFC’s last Wild Card spot. Before we can get to Week 17, the Cardinals must first find a way to beat the Seahawks in CenturyLink Field — something that has not been done with Russell Wilson as Seattle’s starting quarterback.
To keep in short and sweet: if John Abraham has a good game then the Cardinals’ playoffs hopes go from good to great. Believe it or not; Abraham is easily the Cardinals’ best pass rusher as the 35-year-old has a team-leading 11.5 sacks on the year. Not to mention, the Seahawks will be without right guard J.R. Sweezy, who has been a staple for Seattle’s makeshift offensive line in 2013.
While the Seahawks’ offense is rather efficient, Wilson is no stranger to getting hit. Seattle has allowed 36 sacks this season as Wilson has been hit 76 times on the year. Needless to say, Abraham should be licking his chops as a spot in the NFC Playoffs rest firmly on the veteran’s shoulders.