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The Cardinals are one of the feel-good stories of the 2013 season. Coach Bruce Arians has done a fabulous job, guiding his team to a surprising 10-5 record in the brutal NFC West.
However, the team needs a minor miracle to make the postseason. In order to qualify, it'll have to beat San Francisco and have the Buccaneers down the Saints in New Orleans.
Forget about the Bucs and Saints, because the Cardinals aren't beating the 49ers, even in Arizona.
While Bleacher Report's experts are torn on this game, with six votes apiece for each team, I'm feeling confident about the 49ers.
San Francisco is the better team and is riding a five-game winning streak, and it has championship pedigree. Plus, it has a lot to play for.
- The 49ers get the No. 1 seed with a win and losses by the Seahawks and Panthers to the Rams and Falcons, respectively.
- They get the No. 2 seed with a win and a Seattle loss, assuming Carolina wins.
- If both Seattle and Carolina win, and San Francisco wins, it gets the No. 5 seed.
- If San Francisco loses and New Orleans loses, it gets the No. 5 seed.
- The Niners get the No. 6 seed with a loss and a New Orleans win.
As you can see, the team's status is completely up in the air.
Since receiver Michael Crabtree returned, the offense has been performing at a much higher level, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick seems to be getting better each week. In fact, Crabtree posted his first 100-yard receiving effort of the season last week versus the Falcons.
The game will be close, but the 49ers will pull it out at the end and carry a six-game win streak into the playoffs.