Seeding possibilities and the probable Packers UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on December 28, 2009 – 10:17 am

With the Vikings playing in Chicago tonight, here is where the Cards set up in terms of playoff seeding. As of right now, the Cards are the No. 4 seed (and remember, the higher seed hosts each playoff matchup):

— To reach the No. 2 seed (and get a first-round bye), the Cardinals need 1) the Vikings to lose to the Bears and again to the Giants next week in Minnesota; 2) to beat the Packers next week; and 3) the Cowboys to beat the Eagles in Dallas.

— The Packers can’t rise above the No. 5 seed because the Vikings have already clinched the division. They would hold the tiebreak over Dallas and Philadelphia in the event of a tie, although the Packers could lose to the Cards and fall to No. 6 if the Cowboys beat Philly.

— If the Vikings officially eliminate the Cards’ bye chances by winning tonight, the Cards can end up as the No. 3 seed if they beat the Packers and the Cowboys beat the Eagles. The Cards would hold the tiebreak over Dallas based on win-loss percentage against common opponents.

— The Cards, unless they get that No. 2 seed, will have to travel for the second round of the playoffs. Given the above scenarios, it seems a lock the Cards will host the Packers in the first round because if the Packers beat the Cards, the Packers lock up No. 5 and the Cards are stuck at No. 4 regardless. And if the Cards reach No. 3, they will have beaten the Packers and Dallas would have beaten Philly, meaning the Packers would fall behind the Eagles as the No. 6 seed and travel to No. 3 Arizona.

UPDATE: Maybe I was just assuming (and that’s never a good thing) the Vikings would win tonight, but here is one No. 3 seed/playing the Cowboys-instead-of-the-Pack reality: If the Vikings lose both games and the Eagles beat the Cowboys, the Saints would be No. 1, the Eagles No. 2, the Cards and Vikings would tie and the Cards would be No. 3 because they beat Minnesota head-to-head. The Packers would be No. 5, the Cowboys No. 6, and Dallas would visit Glendale in the first round.

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18 Responses to “Seeding possibilities and the probable Packers UPDATE”

  1. By Dusty Corner on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    You guys look better than ever! Keep up the good work and you ll have a nice championship ring! Great Teamwork… the finest eva!


  2. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Brett Favre hates cold-weather games, and history proves it (his last Packer game in Chicago in December 2007 was an absolute disaster). And the Vikes have lost their last two road games. They are a different team on the road. I expect a close game tonight.

  3. By David on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply


  4. By Ken on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply


  5. By Ken on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Sorry guys!!! Living in Phoenix for 8 years, i have always supported the Cards here. But i am a Packer at heart! Should the Pack lose in the playoffs to the Cards…i will be backing the Cards again!

  6. By Bob on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve been in the Valley since 1970 and was a supporter of the Green Bay Packers until the Cardinals moved here and were then called the Phoenix Cardinals, in fact, I still have a Phoenix Cardinal cap. Go Cards and keep on going. I wouldn’t think about supporting an out of state team.

  7. By Seoulman on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Still hoping for a Minn collapse and a lot of help, but to all the Redbird fans in AZ, enjoy the home game! O-line, protect Kurt!!! GO CARDS!

    Bill from Toronto

  8. By Bruno Gonçalves on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Hello CARDINALS,
    I’m from joão Pessoa City – Brazil; Me and my cousin Feliphe we’re fans of CARDINALS; We hope you have lot blessed by God.


  9. By joshua on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    hi to all the cards fans i love my cards when they win i am so happy when the lose which is not that offten i am pissed for a few day but the are going to win sunday and they are going to beat who ever they play when we play we will show up in the playoffs just like we sowed up against the giants,viks and in the playoffs last year we will shock the world part 2 but we will have the ring this time

  10. By Year2Remember on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Section 110 will be rockin’! Whichever day or weekend we play! RISE UP RED SEA! PROTECT THE NEST! I think Ken is a “fan” of who ever looks to have the best shot! What do ya guys think? We like under dog. Don’t think we will be though. The Packers haven’t beatin a team with a record above .500 or a team that has made the playoffs. Aaron Rogers is the only thing goin for them!

  11. By Jessica hapak=] on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Go cardinals=] got my NFC west division champs shirt Xmas eve. Been wearing it ever since. Darren, if we do get the number two seed, who do we play? The winner of what matchup

  12. By darrenurban on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Jessica —

    It all depends on who wins the previous round.

  13. By fusionarray2 on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Nice, Vikings lost to the Bears… hopefully all the other games play out the way we want for the #2 seed! GO BIG RED!!! Been a fan since they were in St. Louis!

  14. By T Bru on Dec 28, 2009 | Reply

    Step one: the Vikings to lose to the Bears

    check. Thank you Chicago.

    Go Cards, Giants and Boys

  15. By Tyrelle on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply


  16. By riwjr on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    Darren- Can the Cards achieve the 3 seed if they win, Cowboys win and Vikings win?

  17. By darrenurban on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    riwjr —

    Under that scenario, it would be Minn No. 2, Cards No. 3, Dallas No. 4, Phil No. 5 and GB No. 6.

  18. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Dec 29, 2009 | Reply

    I’d prefer NOT to play at Philadelphia in January in sub-freezing temps.

    Oh, to have a few of those combined 13 turnovers against the 49ers or Panthers back for a chance to be 11-4 right now.

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