The Arizona Cardinals reach week 17 with two things in mind. First, beat the San Francisco 49ers. Secondly, hope to also sneak into the playoffs with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. Playoffs or no playoffs though, the Cards have a chance to finish 11-5 for the first time since moving to Arizona 25 years ago.
The last time these two teams played in October, the Cards had a 22-20 lead before the Niners went on a nine minute drive to wear down the Cards defense. It was a game the Niners eventually won 32-20. This time, both teams are playing for something. The Cards are playing just to get into the playoffs and the Niners are hoping for a win and a Seattle Seahawks loss to win the NFC West and get first-round bye. The Niners clinched a playoff spot last week with a 34-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Last week the Cards defeated the Seahawks in Seattle 17-10 off a stellar defensive effort and some timely fourth-quarter offense. Cards quarterback Carson Palmer threw a season-high four interceptions but saved his best performance for last with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd in that fourth quarter.
University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
TV: FOX (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa)
Radio: 92.3 KTAR-FM/Arizona Sports 620 AM (click here for affiliates)
Latest Line: Niners -1
Game Time/Weather: 2:25pm Arizona Time, Indoors (72 outside for pre-game tailgating). No word as of Saturday on roof open or closed.
Questionable: Rashad Johnson, Daryn Colledge, John Abraham
Probable: Nate Potter, Daryl Washington, Darnell Dockett, Matt Shaughnessy, Drew Stanton, Carson Palmer, Rashard Mendenhall, Rob Housler
San Francisco 49ers:
Out: Mario Manningham
Questionable: Dan Skuta
Probable: Mike Iupati, Kassim Osgood, Jonathan Goodwin, Justin Smith, Navorro Bowman, Vance McDonald, Frank Gore, Tarell Brown, Michael Crabtree