Arizona Cardinals Remain in the Hunt: How Can Cards Make Miracle Playoff Run?

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Arizona Cardinals Remain in the Hunt: How Can Cards Make Miracle Playoff Run?
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The Arizona Cardinals kept their hopes of a miraculous playoff run alive, as they rallied to defeat the Cleveland Browns in overtime. 

It may not have been pretty, it may have required a few lucky bounces along the way, but, a win is a win, and when it keeps you in the hunt for that NFC Wild Card spot, it's all the more sweet.

The game was closely fought throughout, and—as far as complete performances go—was hardly one of the Cardinals best, but, once again, John Skelton showed his Tebow-esque ability to turn things around late in the game and led the Cardinals on the fifth game-winning drive of his young career.

Results elsewhere in the league appeared all to be going the Cardinals way, with the Seahawks beating the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders leading against the Lions late into the fourth quarter.

However, a last-minute touchdown drive with less than a minute remaining in the game handed the Lions the victory, and the Cardinals a much steeper hill to climb to make the playoffs.

In this slideshow, we will look at what must happen for the Cardinals to clinch either the fifth or sixth place in the NFC, which would earn them a wild-card berth.

Unlike most people, writing this sort of thing, I am not going to assume the Atlanta Falcons are going to get at least one of the spots. In fact, I'm not assuming anything any more.

After all, this is the NFL, where the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Indianapolis Colts threatened to derail their run at the "Suck for Luck" sweepstakes by beating the AFC Wild Card contender Tennessee Titans and the Arizona Cardinals, who started the season 1-6, are now still in the hunt for the NFC Wild Card spot with two games to play.

So, without further ado, here is a breakdown of what has to happen for the Cardinals to make the playoffs.

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