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Arizona Cardinals playoff scenarios 2013: Playoffs still possible for Arizona

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Arizona Cardinals playoff scenarios for 2013 are pretty specific now. Within the 2013 NFC playoff scenarios for the Cardinals, there are only two game results left that matter to the team and its fans. This is all thanks to an impressive win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 22). Winning that game kept the team alive for one of the two wild card slots in the NFC postseason.

AFC Postseason Standings

Now the path becomes very simple. Arizona needs the Atlanta Falcons to beat the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night football (Dec. 23) for the first piece to fall into place. The second piece to the puzzle is a win by Arizona over San Francisco in their Week 17 match-up. These results would leave Arizona at 11-5 and San Francisco at 10-6, thus thrusting quarterback Carson Palmer and his team right into the postseason.

The Atlanta vs. San Francisco game will take place at 5:30 p.m. PT at Candlestick Park on Monday. It pits the lowly 4-10 Falcons against a hot 49ers team that is also looking to clinch a postseason slot. By no means are these 2013 Arizona Cardinals playoff scenarios ideal, but at least the team is still alive as week 16 approaches its conclusion. This is now the time for fans to really start rooting for the Falcons to pull out an improbable win.

If that doesn't take place, the Cardinals could still get into the postseason by having the New Orleans Saints lose in Week 17. If that happens and the Cardinals beat the 49ers, then Arizona will secure a wild card slot.

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AFC Postseason Standings

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