Arizona Cardinals Face Nearly-Impossible Playoff Scenario

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Week 16 provided a huge swing in momentum for the Arizona Cardinals. Needing to win out the rest of the year, the Cardinals took on the unbeatable-at-home Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field. Well, Seattle did everything to win the game. Carson Palmer threw four interceptions and the Seahawks’ defense played lights out for the majority of the game.

But, with just over two minutes left, Palmer tossed a touchdown to Michael Floyd in what would end up being the game-winning score. Arizona had life once again, and heads into week 17 needing some help in order to lock in a playoff berth.

For their final matchup of the year, the Cardinals face a San Francisco 49ers team that nearly gave away a game to the Atlanta Falcons just a few days ago. Arizona has to be feeling quite confident that, if they can beat Seattle having given the ball away at that rate, they have a shot to beat San Francisco.

Along with needing a win of their own, the Cardinals have to get some help from another team that is fighting for the very same spot. The New Orleans Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game that looks pretty one-sided. Tampa Bay has nothing left to play for other than pride, and Drew Brees wants to get his team into the postseason after having slipped out of the second seed over the last month.

If New Orleans wins, the Cardinals’ season is over due to the Saints having beaten Arizona earlier in the year — thus, they own the tiebreaker. I have a hard time believing the Bucs would be able to pull off a victory against the Saints, especially with so much on the line for a far superior team. Arizona has put together a fantastic second half to their season, but in the end it looks like it might fall just short of a playoff berth when it is all said and done.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

Arizona has exceeded expectations this season and with just one game to go have an outside shot of the playoffs which has made Arians a candidate for Coach of the Year. See if the Cards can win one last game to keep their playoff hopes alive and get you Cardinals tickets today.


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