2012 NLCS: Why the Cardinals and Giants Will Have Game 7 to Remember

Chris SchadContributor IIIOctober 21, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Jon Jay #19 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out in the first inning against pitcher Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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As sports fans, there is nothing like a winner-take-all game in the postseason. Baseball fans have been spoiled with that concept in 2012 with the addition of two one-game Wild Card games and all four best-of-five divisional series going the distance.

However, the best is yet to come when the San Francisco Giants host the St. Louis Cardinals Monday night in Game 7 of the 2012 National League Championship Series.

The reason this will be one of the greatest Game 7s in postseason history is because of the nature of the two teams.

The Giants have been in a hole the entire 2012 postseason, as they struggled to an 0-2 hole to the Cincinnati Reds in the divisional round of the postseason. Faced with playing the remainder of the series in front of a hostile Cincinnati crowd, the Giants rattled off three straight wins to reach the NLCS.

The Cardinals had a similar rise from the ashes in their divisional series against the Washington Nationals as well. Despite holding a 2-1 lead over the Nationals in Game 3, the Cardinals found themselves dead to rights in the third inning of Game 5 trailing 6-0.

The Cardinals, who were remembered last October for being down to their last strike several times against the Texas Rangers in Game 6 of the World Series, laughed in the face of elimination again, tagging Drew Storen for four runs in the bottom of the ninth after being down to their last strike several more times.

In simpler terms, Game 7 of the NLCS will face Team Walking Dead against Team Dawn of the Dead.

The way the 2012 postseason has gone for these two teams, it would be completely fitting if they engaged in a 15-inning marathon to determine who faces the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. It's something that baseball fans just might get if this game lives up to the hype.

With both teams having the cliched "Never Give Up" attitude, it can be assumed that the final result of the game will be unknown until the final strike is recorded. That edge-of-your-seat element is something that any audience would appreciate, and it's something baseball fans will get Monday night.