Seattle was understandably upset by getting knocked off their own self-proclaimed pedestal last Sunday, but Arizona might have been even more disappointed. The Cardinals expected a 49er defeat, which would have forged a tie between the two teams for one of the wild card slots. The teams play each other on the final week of the season.
Arizona now faces the daunting task of winning all three remaining games, one of which is a date in Seattle, and hoping the 49ers lose either this week in Tampa Bay or the following week at home against Atlanta. Not exactly a remotely probable outcome. One more AZ loss and one more 49er win and it’s bye-bye Cardinals.
Fifteen teams have pretty much been eliminated from the playoffs as we head into the final three games of the 2013 season. Some still have flickering 22-things-have-to-happen scenarios that could miraculously ooze them into the postseason, but this coming weekend should put the official nail in their official coffins officially.
The NFC North is a donnybrook between three teams who rotate each week from looking awesome to looking like crap. The Lions still look like the favorite, but their coach is Jim Schwartz, so anything goofy is still in play.
The Eagles have won five straight games and look to be taking charge of the NFC East. They even look a bit formidable. The amazing performance of Nick Foles in relief of the tired act of Michael Vick reminds me somewhat of the 2008 Arizona Cardinals, when Kurt Warner relieved the tired act of Matt Leinart and pushed AZ all the way to the Super Bowl and a near victory over Pittsburgh.
Seattle fans are up in arms about a Colin Kaepernick commercial that portrays them as a disgusting mob of lunatics. I’m confused. I thought they liked being a disgusting mob of lunatics. Maybe it’s one of those things like when you look in the mirror and discover that the handsome fellow you thought you were you weren’t.
Over in the AFC, the playoff drama fizzed out a few weeks ago. The only spot left in the tournament is the sixth seed, with Baltimore and Miami duking it out with amazing 7-6 records. Color me bored on this one. It was far more interesting to see Peyton Manning win a cold weather game last Sunday and drop the cool act long enough to growl at his naysayers and suggest an anal insertion of their noggins as appropriate punishment. Go Peyton!