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Wild Card weekend aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on January 10, 2016 – 9:07 pm

The Cardinals didn’t play this weekend but there was football that meant something from their perspective. The NFC games Sunday determined their first playoff opponent — it’s the Packers — and now, the build-up for a postseason game many on the team have been waiting for since that rough loss in Carolina at this time last year.

The NFC results weren’t a shock. The Seahawks are a better team than the Vikings. The Packers are better than Washington. Of course, the way the Seattle-Minnesota game played out, the Seahawks should be eliminated by now. They aren’t. So we see who will come out of the very interesting dogfight between the Seahawks and Panthers, and if the Cardinals can beat the Packers a second time, whomever they play in the NFC Championship will have gone through the gauntlet to get there (and the Cards could still host that game if the Seahawks win.) But there will be time to look at that. As for the games that were just played:

— It’s hard to believe the Seahawks won. Not because they played poorly, but because the Vikings put themselves in a spot to win and should have. To see Blair Walsh just yank a 27-yard field goal left is simply crushing for that team. Seattle did enough. The frigid weather was clearly a factor, but it was not Russell Wilson’s best game. And if anyone was thinking momentum was going to carry over from that season finale romp over the Cardinals, well, it didn’t (which is the other side of why the Cards kept saying that game wasn’t going to matter either.)

— Speaking of Walsh, this is a great story about him after the game. Something to think about the next time a player doesn’t make the play — and when fan disappointment has a chance to become more than that.

— The Packers looked a ton better Sunday than they did in their final two games in Arizona and Minnesota. Then again, Washington’s defense has a much worse defense than both the Vikings and Cardinals. I’d expect a better showing from Green Bay this week, but the Cards will rightfully be favored.

— There is hope from the Packers they will get cornerback Sam Shields back from his concussion, but they thought they’d have him back this weekend too and it didn’t happen. Other key injuries for the Packers to watch: left tackle David Bakhtiari, who remained out with an ankle injury (he missed the first game against the Cards) and wide receiver Davante Adams, who said he expects to be ready after hurting his knee Sunday, but you have to wonder even if he can what his effectiveness will be, especially on a short week.

— The Cardinals are off Monday still. They return to practice Tuesday.

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14 Responses to “Wild Card weekend aftermath”

  1. By Leeskicitizen on Jan 10, 2016 | Reply

    This was not a good week-end for kickers! Catman must have received a ribbing from whoever he was watching the game with!

    I’m hoping he shows up big time Saturday night and shows his peers what a clutch kicker looks like as he puts every opportunity directly through the uprights.

  2. By georgiebird on Jan 10, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,
    As you said, things worked out as expected this weekend. At one point, it looked like Minn would come here and GB/Wash would go to Carolina. But that scenario would have given Carolina an easier road.
    However, it’s very important that Seattle go to Carolina and have an exhausting game for both teams. Yes, it does keep Seattle around, but it gives the Cards a chance to play again at home.
    In GB, the Cards could have problems beating a team that they humiliated only weeks ago. No overconfidence, please.
    Of the three teams the Cards could have played it looks like they got the middle one- Minn being the best and Wash the worst.
    Further, if Seattle should come to AZ and beat us again, we don’t deserve to go to the SB.
    Further, day temps in Charlotte on Jan 24 will be 44 and sunny

  3. By Steve on Jan 10, 2016 | Reply

    Looked like Blair got a sudden case of Neil Rackeritis on that kick!

  4. By Eazy E on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Rematch!!! It should be good. I saw the game today and the Packers ran a no-huddle speeding things up and they ran like crazy in the 2nd half, but we’ll be ready! P.S. I just saw Calais on ESPN talking about the Packers and the College Football Playoff Championship between Clemson and Alabama!

  5. By joe holst on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Carolina is going to beat Seattle and the Cards will win. Then…. Cards!

  6. By Robert on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    cardinal fans..don’t give up your tickets to the packer fans

  7. By faster on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    the wildcardround ended as expected, now a win against the packers and we should see the rematch with the hawks. albeit i`m a bit surprised about the near win over the vikings.

    and then? the picture in the afl isn`t much clearer, any team can win. kansas with a premium defense against the mash offence of the patriots? undecided, i lean on brady. big ben against the best defense at denver? with a manning in full bloom, advantage broncos, but with manning as game manager? cluch.

    i hope for the patriots as opponent, and then a wonderfull superbowl.

  8. By JohnnyBluenose on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Well, the Bengals lost another play-off game. No surprise. In 1920 the Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees and did not win the World Series again until 2004. Their many years of frustration was known as The Curse Of The Bambino. I believe the Bengals’ misfortunes should be known as The Curse Of The Carson. The Babe won many championships for the Yankees. Maybe The Carson can do the same for our Cardinals. Keep going.

  9. By Scott H on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Hard to figure how much of the Packers bounce-back yesterday is legit or because the Redskins, well….played like the Redskins. Aaron Rodgers vs Kirk Cousins SHOULD be a mis-match. But because the two teams spent the last month of the season playing as they did, you almost HAD to look at the Redskins as the better team – even though your senses were telling you the Packers can’t possibly be that bad. So…yesterday just looked to me like it should have. The Packers played a solid game against an average team ( at best ) and they won by a margin you would expect.

    If the Packers play as they are capable of playing, I would not expect another 30-point win by the Cardinals. BUT if the Cardinals play as THEY are capable of playing, it WILL be a win. Bottom line, the Packers are not capable of being better than the Cardinals if the Cardinals are playing their game. The Cardinals can only beat themselves in this one.

    What you can never be sure of is how a team will play after a short week ( Packers ) or a week off ( Cardinals ). That’s the wild-card ( no pun intended ) for Saturday. The 2008 Cardinals seemed like they preferred to keep playing. They responded very well to that. They never seemed fazed by anything. How the 2015 Cardinals look in the first quarter of this game will be interesting and it will tell us a lot. If the Packers look fast and we look sluggish ( as was the case against Seattle in Week 17 )….could be a long night.

    Regardless, my confidence level is high.

  10. By Dynosoar on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Thanks for the link to the Blair Walsh article. I could feel the anguish.

    Looking forward to this game more than any game since Super Bowl 43. The Packers won because they got into the heads of the Redskins lat in the game and won the mental game.

    Which is how we beat them so badly and why, I think, Seattle doesn’t fold easily. The mental game. We won’t fold and neither will Seattle (but I don’t think the Panthers will either.) Green Bay is the only one I’ve seen lose the mental game.)

    I also don’t believe we lost it to Seattle in week 17. It was a game that wasn’t going to matter, the Panthers showed immediately they weren’t going to let us have 1st seed and so play a solid game, get the reps and rout practice, walk away without injury and be ready to face our three game stretch to the Lombardi healthy, fresh and strong.

    I think we’ve got this.
    three more wins, one at a time.

  11. By clssylssy on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    This is the playoffs folks so to be overconfidentent because of playing at home or because of anything we did in the regular season is pure arrogance. When you look at the team’s left going into next week playoff experience will be what separates the good from the best; the coaches with playoff/SB experience will know what it takes to prepare for success, veteran players will understand the discipline, focus, and toughness necessary to execute. No time for slackers or anybody who aren’t totally committed to the win!
    We know the talent we have and have seen what they can do when they are having fun and are hitting their marks but you can bet Green Bay is not going to be coming here to be humiliated again. Our defense is going to have to play tighter and with more pressure than we did against Seattle; if we can control Rogers he sets the tone and will be key.
    Just hope our special teams are on board!

  12. By Steve W on Jan 11, 2016 | Reply

    Is it just me, or does Seattle have insane luck on their side? Always when it REALLY seems to matter…

    Let’s go Cards, take care of Green Bay just like you did the first time and go on to fight for the NFC Championship against whoever comes out on top in Carolina.

    GO CARDS!!!

    Steve

  13. By Jake on Jan 12, 2016 | Reply

    I sense a little overconfidence, the first game was closer than the score indicates. Beware of Rodgers in the playoffs, hes known as the best for a reason.

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