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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Vikings 35, Cardinals 14

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's tough to take the Cardinals seriously beyond the NFC West when they fail to show up at home with a chance to become the NFC's third seed heading into the final two games.

This was an across-the-board meltdown for Arizona.

The team spent timeouts and replay challenges freely. The Cardinals' defense couldn't contain Adrian Peterson or even Tarvaris Jackson.

Kurt Warner was careless with the football early and defenseless against the Vikings' pass rush most of the day.

As a result, Arizona has gone from a likely 10-victory team to one that might need to beat Seattle in the regular-season finale for a shot at topping its 8-8 record from 2007.

Perhaps this outcome will serve as a wake-up call heading into a Week 16 game at New England. The Cardinals had better hope so.