Trying to figure out the playoff scenario for the Arizona Cardinals is a lot like trying to sort out a conversation between two teen age girls on Facebook.

With four of the six spots already wrapped up and the NFC East and North up for grabs, it looks like a team with 10 wins this season is going to go home this year after Christmas very dejected.

Here are the two scenarios that would need to play out in order for the Cardinals to reach the playoffs: The San Francisco 49ers had to lose to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, which did not happen.

Arizona must defeat San Francisco 49ers in Week 17 and the New Orleans Saints must loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As Fansided.com reminded all of us, but won’t be easy, but there is still hope.

The Cardinals might be the biggest story in the NFL that no one is talking about. They are a surprisingly strong football team under Bruce Arians and has had a defense that has been under the radar for much of the season, and in my opinion, are better than the Packers, Bears, Cowboys and possibly the Eagles.

San Francisco has already reached the playoffs by virtue of the win over the Falcons on Monday. Now it remains to be seen who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. Even with the strength of the NFC, it is anybody’s game who will emerge from the conference to represent in the Super Bowl.

This a game that could be as high scoring an affair as 60 points put in the board by both teams, or a defensive battle where the first team to 20 wins. I like Arizona in the upset of sorts, 20-18.

Here are three bold predictions for the game.

 

The Cardinals might be the biggest story in the NFL that no one is talking about. They are a surprisingly strong football team under Bruce Arians and has had a defense that has been under the radar for much of the season, and in my opinion, are better than the Packers, Bears, Cowboys and possibly the Eagles.

San Francisco has already reached the playoffs by virtue of the win over the Falcons on Monday. Now it remains to be seen who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. Even with the strength of the NFC, it is anybody’s game who will emerge from the conference to represent in the Super Bowl.

This a game that could be as high scoring an affair as 60 points put in the board by both teams, or a defensive battle where the first team to 20 wins. I like Arizona in the upset of sorts, 20-18.

Here are three bold predictions for the game.

Kaepernick grounded by the Cardinals defense

Calais Campbell and Darnell Docket do not get the credit they deserve in the NFL. As fierce defenders on the Cardinals front line, all they do is stop opposing offenses. This time, Colin Kapernick shows he cannot elude the pass rush provided by these two studs. Kapernick is sacked four times in the game.

Gore finds a way

With the passing game pretty much contained because of the blitz and pass coverage, the 49ers resort to the ground game and the running of Frank Gore. The veteran gives the 49ers a steady does of speed between the tackles and score the team's only touchdown of the game. Gore finishes with 130 yards on the ground.

Kurt who?

While I wrote about the fans in Cincinnati clamoring for Carson Palmer with the erratic play of Andy Dalton, Palmer is a steady ship that continues to play well. The former Bengals players and Heisman Trophy Winner throws for 315 and two scores on the day. After the game he is asked about the team playing well and the future of this team. The quiet Palmer bursts out to everyone's surprise, "I am better than Kurt Warner."