The Arizona Cardinals rolled into Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers with their playoff hopes hanging on by a thread, barely alive. With the close win over the 49ers, the Cardinals sent another playoff pulse of the defibrillator through their organization.
John Skelton stepped in for an injured Kevin Kolb and displayed uncanny focus and a strong will to win that overcame the dominance displayed by the 49ers this season.
The Cardinals' recent resurgence is not a serendipitous discovery of itself as a team. Instead, Arizona has played hard each Sunday this season, displaying a sense of urgency and never-say-die attitude on every play. It just so happened that the Cardinals have endured more than their share of unfortunate last-minute losses. A maturation process was also needed for several key players.
The Cardinals showed today why they should be inserted into the playoff conversation. I'll show you how they got there this week. Bang it below to follow along.