NFL Playoffs: Do the 3-6 Arizona Cardinals Still Have a Chance?

Chris GreenCorrespondent IIINovember 15, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13:  Sam Acho #94 of the Arizona Cardinals and John Skelton #19 walk off the field after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21-17  at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Cardinals won 21-17. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals have won two games in a row, including a very rare victory on the East Coast, and have people starting to wonder if they still have a chance this season.

For the NFC West division, no they do not.  The 49ers are too good and have too many wins for the Cardinals to realistically catch up.  The 49ers may very well end up being the no. 1 seed for the NFC, and if not, they will at least be on the Green Bay Packers' heels for the top spot.

For an NFC Wild Card spot?  It’s possible, but unlikely.

Currently they are in the 11th spot in the NFC, and they need to get to the 6th spot, which is occupied by the Bears, who own a 6-3 record.

The Cardinals need to win six of their final seven games to hope to have a chance, with a 9-7 record.

Two of those final seven games are against the 49ers, but they are helped with games against three of the NFL’s worst the Rams, Seahawks and Browns.

Games against the Cowboys and Bengals remain wild cards.  Both teams have been inconsistent, looking great some weeks and terrible other weeks. 

Right now the NFC standings are packed tighter than a Thanksgiving turducken.  The Cardinals will need a lot help from other teams, in addition to a near-perfect record for the remainder of the season.

Assuming the Cardinals get to a 9-7 record, they will need all of the following to happen.

Detroit and Chicago have to win no more than two of their final seven games.

Dallas and Atlanta have to win no more than three of their final seven games.

Tampa has to win no more than four of their final seven games.

Seattle has to win no more than five of their final seven games.

While most Cardinals fans have their bags packed, ready and willing to hop on the bandwagon again, it’s probably too late this season.