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Arizona Cardinals Need Win and Some Help to Advance to Playoffs

December 26th, 2013 at 6:01 AM
By Steve Smith

'San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, September 13, 2009' photo (c) 2009, Michael Wifall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
It's really pretty simple actually.

The Arizona Cardinals need to beat the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in Glendale and then get some help. A lot of help – from the Tampa Bay Bucs.

The NFL switched the start time of the Saints-Bucs game to the same kickoff time as the Cardinals game so there will be a lot of scoreboard watching at University of Phoenix Stadium.

If the Red Birds win and improve to 11-5, it will tie their franchise record for wins in a season. Unless the Saints lose to Tampa Bay though, those 11 victories will be for naught.

Head coach Bruce Arians has said for a long time that the goal for his team is to make the NFC playoffs.

Anything less would be a disappointment.

"It's all about the ring," Arians said via yahoosports.com. "It will be nice. It's a nice foundation, but I'm really not about that stuff. We play to get in the playoffs and win the championship. It would be a shame (not to make the playoffs), but that's the way it is. I'm not about changing the rules or anything. We should have won 12. We had our chances."

If Arizona can advance to the NFL tournament, they'd be one of the hottest, most dangerous teams in the playoffs. Their 17-10  triumph in Seattle proved that. That win broke a 14-game home winning streak for the Seahawks.

"I don't think too many teams want to see us in the playoffs," Arians said, "especially the way our defense is playing right now. To have a road win like that, it's a playoff atmosphere. I would feel very confident going anywhere in the National Football League playing anybody."

No doubt about it.

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