Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, the Arizona Cardinals (4-12) will still enter this Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) with much to fight for. The match-up, set to kick off at 2:25 p.m., comes as their last chance of the season to showcase their abilities and end on a high note.
They dropped another thrilling, yet heart-breaking game last week after the Falcons escape with the last-second field-goal and finish the game with a 20-19 victory.
It may be too late to make it into post-season play, but morale is famously the last thing to die, and the Cardinals look especially keen to finish the season right. With a few notes of caution in mind – as any competition can throw a curveball – it could prove to be an entertaining end to their regular season campaign.
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Battle for Draft Picks
Although the Cardinals have been eliminated from playoff contention, their remaining game against the Rams still carries considerable significance. A win could drop them as low as the 6th overall pick in this coming year’s draft or they could rise to 2nd overall if results elsewhere go their way. Even San Francisco has something to play for as a win combined with an Eagles loss would grant them the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC.
As all teams involved will be playing simultaneously, luck has a big role to play in determining who comes away with what. There is certainly much to look forward to, but it remains unclear just how things will ultimately shake out.
Who Will be the Starting WB for the Cardinals?
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is taking a measured approach to the selection of a starting quarterback for the team’s final game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. With three quarterbacks now having started in the past, each possessing different qualities and experience, a thorough evaluation needs to be undertaken before a decision is made.
Whether it will be veteran Colt McCoy’s knowledge, Drew Blough’s calm under pressure, or Trace McSorley’s rapid instincts that will lead Arizona for the divisional matchup, Kingsbury is careful to stay mum until giving his starters their due thought and consideration.
Last Game For Watt
J.J. Watt’s remarkable career is winding down to its final two games. A former Wisconsin Badger, Watt leads his team with 10.5 sacks as of this season, yet he still has two boxes left to check off: playing in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Amidst applause from the fans and respect from opponents, the future Hall of Famer will make his last bow on those stages in a celebrated goodbye to one of the most prolific defensive players of all time.