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Higher seed in play for Cardinals

The Vikings' defeat Monday night makes New Orleans the No. 1 seed in the NFC no matter what happens in Week 17.

Arizona can now claim the No. 2 seed if these things happen in Week 17:

  • Arizona beats Green Bay to finish 11-5;

  • Minnesota falls to 11-5 by losing to the Giants;

  • Philadelphia falls to 11-5 by losing to Dallas.

Arizona could also emerge as the third or fourth seed. I missed the Vikings-Bears game while traveling back from San Francisco, but Minnesota's loss makes Week 17 more interesting. I'll be heading down to Arizona for what could be the first of two Packers-Cardinals games in consecutive weeks.