The Arizona Cardinals (11-4) face the San Francisco 49ers (7-8) this Sunday in Santa Clara, California
Many people think this game means little to the Arizona Cardinals given the idea that the Seattle Seahawks will beat the St. Louis Rams and win the NFC West. I beg to differ. There is a lot to play for. Here are five reasons the Cardinals will beat the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday.
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1. Momentum. Going into the playoffs right now the Cardinals have no momentum. They played horribly on defense and offense last Sunday night against the Seahawks. Winning a game heading into the postseason would be huge. Even with a Seahawks win over the Rams on Sunday the Cardinals need to play well heading into their wild-car playoff game.
2. Not much of Logan Thomas on film. The Niners haven’t seen Thomas except for on film and even then there is little to go by. Coach Bruce Arians needs to throw in some trickier plays and I think they have the Niners on the ropes.
3. Niners have packed it in. Now, the Niners played lard last Saturday against the San Diego Chargers but virtually gave up after taking a 28-7 lead in the third quarter. San Diego outscored them 28-7 the rest of the way until overtime when the Niners turned the ball over and allowed the Chargers to complete the comeback.
4. The Harbaugh effect. Jim Harbaugh has been linked to Michigan, the Chicago Bears, and the Oakland Raiders. It has been reported that Harbaugh will be fired no later than 48 hours after this game. You could get as great game plan from Harbaugh but honestly I believe you are going to get a coach who looks like he’s ready to leave.
5. Pride. The Cardinals were thoroughly embarrassed at home against the Seahawks. They don’t want that to happen again. Plus they have to show the world they still have plenty of weapons on offense to score touchdowns and not just field goals.