Arizona Cardinals Still Very Much in NFC Playoff Hunt


Dec 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) celebrates with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) after returning an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals didn’t move in the playoff standings on Sunday with their 30-10 victory.  That doesn’t mean they didn’t move closer to a possible playoff spot though.  The Carolina Panthers lost to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night, dropping them to 9-4, just one game in front of the Cards.  The Seattle Seahawks didn’t do the Cards any favors by losing to the San Francisco 49ers, so the Niners stayed one game ahead.

The Cards have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Panthers. The Niners have the tiebreaker over the Cards.  The Cards can be one game behind the Panthers going into week 17 and still have a chance.  They however need to be at least tied with the Niners going into week 17 in order to beat them out.

Here are the current standings:

1. Seattle Seahawks11-2

2. New Orleans Saints 10-3

3. Philadelphia Eagles 8-5

4. Detroit Lions 7-6

5. Carolina Panthers 9-4

6. San Francisco 49ers 9-4

Teams still in hunt:

7. Arizona Cardinals 8-5

8. Dallas Cowboys 7-5 (play Monday night against the Chicago Bears)

9. Chicago Bears 6-6 (play Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys)

10. Green Bay Packers 6-6-1

The others below Green Bay are done.  They are eliminated from any playoff contention.  They include the New York Giants, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons  Washington Redskins