3 teams the Arizona Cardinals can beat in the 2021 playoffs

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Los Angeles Rams

Meeting in the NFC Championship game, it’s an NFC West-filled affair with the Los Angeles Rams and the Cardinals. The Rams have moved on after beating the Green Bay Packers (because Aaron Rodgers has done nothing but choke in the playoffs since 2011).

This is the ultimate game for Cardinals fans. To finally knock off Sean McVay in the playoffs and to have a chance of getting rid of the younger version of Pete Carroll, Arizona can beat the L.A. Rams to advance to the Super Bowl, and here’s why.

The first play of their last meeting where Aaron Donald blew up Max Garcia and set the tone for the rest of the game? That’s not going to happen. Instead, Arizona will come out and double Donald from the start of the game, whether that’s using two offensive linemen, chipping him with a tight end, or even as extreme as an unbalanced set to help give more protection to Murray.

In the first quarter, Murray also won’t throw a game-killing interception in the red zone. Kliff Kingsbury will have an epiphany and hand the ball off to James Conner when Arizona gets into the red zone.

Matthew Stafford has only thrown for 908 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions in his three career playoff games. His completion percentage in the playoffs hovers around 63 percent. With a healthy Watt back and causing havoc in the weak spot of the Rams’ offensive line (more known as Austin Corbett), Arizona heads to its second Super Bowl.

Saving the NFL world from dealing with a big market team playing in its own stadium for the championship for the second year in a row.

Final Score: Arizona wins 35-24

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