The Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons meet Sunday in a crucial Week 12 match-up that could be a major factor for the NFL postseason race this year.
The Falcons are at 6-4 and leads the NFC South but they are just one game ahead of division rivals Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5). The Bucs face the Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1) Sunday in their own crucial Week 12 match-up.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals (4-5-1) are two and a half games behind those Seahawks in the NFC West. If Arizona is making the NFL postseason, it’s likely through the wild card and they need to beat the Atlanta squad for a chance to gain on the leaders of the NFC.
The Cardinals have won just one game in their last four games and will face the Washington Redskins (6-4) and Miami Dolphins (6-4) in their next two games, after their match-up with Atlanta.
Meanwhile, the Falcons have lost three of their last five games after a 4-1 start They take on the Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) and Los Angeles Rams (4-6) after the game versus Arizona.
Falcons-Cardinals injury notes
In NFL injury reports that could affect the Falcons’ chance to win in Sunday’s game is that cornerback Desmond Trufant will undergo a season-ending surgery because of a torn pectoral.
For the Cardinals, head coach Bruce Arians will rejoin the team after spending Monday in the hospital because of chest pains. Arians admitted that they need to play with a sense of urgency against the Falcons.
Crucial Week 12 NFC match-up
“Oh yeah. If you don’t have one right now you don’t belong in the business, and you damn sure don’t belong in this locker room,” Arians stated to ESPN about the crucial Week 12 match-up.
Arizona QB Carson Palmer also knew the importance of the game vs. the Falcons. He advised teammates not to worry about the team standings.
“To win one game. Can’t worry about seeding or standings or division records; nothing matters other than this game. As leaders, as the older guys in the locker room, you just keep everybody’s focus on one day at a time, finishing today. We’ve got the practice part done,” Palmer added.
“We have a lot of meetings and a lot of tape to watch. You finish day after day after day, and that’s the mindset that we have.”
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