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Monday, December 23, 2013
Playoff hopes hinge on last weekend

By Josh Weinfuss

TEMPE, Ariz. – And then there were two.

After all the playoff scenarios are combed over and debated, the Cardinals are down to two ways to make the playoffs, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

One scenario is that Arizona needs to win next Sunday against San Francisco and the 49ers need to lose to the Atlanta Falcons on "Monday Night Football" tonight.

The other scenario is that Arizona needs to beat San Francisco in Week 17 while New Orleans loses to Tampa Bay.

Even if San Francisco wins Monday night and clinches a playoff spot, that would mean Arizona and New Orleans would still be fighting for the last wild card. Arizona needs to win and the Saints need to lose because the Saints own the tie breaker.

In a simpler form ...

Arizona clinches a playoff spot with:

1) ARI win + SF loss (Week 16)

OR

2) ARI win + NO loss