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Win And In: Rams Loss Means Cardinals Again Control Playoff Destiny

Winner in game between teams in Los Angeles next week clinches postseason berth

After both Kyler Murray and the Cardinals (left) and Robert Woods and the Rams lost this weekend, the Cards can make the playoffs if they beat the Rams next week.
After both Kyler Murray and the Cardinals (left) and Robert Woods and the Rams lost this weekend, the Cards can make the playoffs if they beat the Rams next week.

Rarely do the Cardinals have a reason to root for the Seattle Seahawks,

But they were doing just that Sunday. And when the Seahawks knocked off the Los Angeles Rams, 20-9, the Cardinals got back what they gave away during their loss to the 49ers on Saturday -- a chance to control their own destiny in reaching the postseason.

The Cardinals (8-7) know they are in the postseason if they go to L.A. next week and beat the Rams (9-6). It is not an easy task, not with the Rams having beaten the Cards relatively easily for seven straight meetings. But it is under the Cards' control. The Rams beat the Cardinals, 38-28, earlier this season.

NFL Network reported that starting Rams quarterback Jared Goff broke the thumb on his throwing hand, and is "unlikely" to play against the Cardinals.

The game was not flexed into "Sunday Night Football." The NFL instead moved Washington-Philadelphia into that spot. The Cardinals-Rams, which will be televised on CBS, will kick off at 2:25 p.m. Arizona time in the late window.

If the Cardinals lose, their season will be over. If the Bears and Cardinals win, the Rams (9-6) will be eliminated from postseason hopes. If the Bears lose to the Packers, the Rams get into the playoffs regardless of the outcome of Cards-Rams. The Bears-Packers game will also kick off at 2:25 p.m.

The Bears (8-7) played their way into controlling their own destiny on Sunday by hammering the Jaguars, 41-17.

The Cardinals did not play well in their Saturday loss to the 49ers, but the Rams have not played well for two straight games, both losses. They lost, 23-20, to the Jets last week before falling to the Seahawks.

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