The Arizona Cardinals could have a rough distinction on Sunday as a team with 11 wins, but short of the postseason. Patrick Peterson said there isn't any reason to be angry or blame others except themselves if they don't make the playoffs.
"The playoff system [is fine as it is]," Peterson said in a conference call. "We're not going to be little girls about it and moaning."
Arizona needs to win on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and the Saints must lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in order to take the final wild card spot. If this happens, the 49ers would be the No. 5 seed and the Cardinals would be the No. 6 seed.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said there is no reason to change the system, saying it's been perfect on who makes it and who doesn't. He said it could be painful, but he won't point fingers at other teams if they come up short.
"It is [definitely] frustrating [that the playoffs aren't in our hands]," Arians said in a conference call. "Usually and 11-5 record will get you in. Orr division is outstanding and you would hope 3 teams would get in. The [other losses] can cost us there. I'm not about changing the rules."
Peterson said he won't be scoreboard watching on Sunday as both the Cardinals and Saints games are happening simultaneously. The Cardinals will find out if their season ends on late Sunday afternoon. Peterson said the only thing the team can look back on is the games the team lost prior to this week.
"We blew a 10 point lead with 4 minutes to go [against the Rams in Week 1]," Peterson said. "The Philadelphia game is one we would like to have back. I will not be scoreboard watching as we'll hear the news one way or another. Coming out with a victory on Sunday is our main goal."