The Rams and Cardinals are playing the final game of the NFL Super Wild Card weekend. Arizona will travel to Los Angeles to take on the No. 4 seed Rams when the two teams meet in the first Monday night playoff game in NFL history.
The “Monday Night Football” telecast is expected to be one of the most competitive matchups on the six-game wild-card roster. The Rams and Cardinals played twice during the 2021 regular season and split the series. Los Angeles is the favorite in this matchup, but Arizona was once the best team in the NFC and should, at the very least, challenge the Rams.
No matter what happens in this contest, the Rams and Cardinals know what’s in store for them if they win. The matchups for the NFC divisional round are mostly set in stone. The only thing to be determined is whether Arizona or Los Angeles will travel to Tampa Bay for the divisional round of the 2022 NFL playoffs.
Here’s a breakdown of what the postseason road will look like if the Rams or Cardinals win Monday night.
Who will the Rams play if they beat the Cardinals?
The Rams are guaranteed to play the Buccaneers if they beat the Cardinals on “Monday Night Football.”
Los Angeles would play Tampa Bay because the Buccaneers beat the Eagles 31-15 in their wild card matchup and the 49ers won their wild card matchup 23-17 over the Cowboys. The Bucs will be the second-highest remaining seed in the NFC and will face the third-highest remaining seed. Meanwhile, the No. 1-seeded Packers, who had a bye for the wild-card round, will face the lowest remaining seed.
The 49ers are the No. 6 seed in the NFC, so they are guaranteed to be the lowest remaining seed by virtue of their win and the Eagles’ loss. So, Green Bay will play San Francisco while Tampa Bay will play the winner of the Arizona-Los Angeles game.
Who will the Cardinals play if they beat the Rams?
The Cardinals are also guaranteed to play the Buccaneers if they win on “Monday Night Football.”
Arizona faces Tampa Bay for the same reason Los Angeles would. The Cardinals are automatically guaranteed to be the highest remaining third seed of the four alive in the NFC. The top seed in the NFC, the Packers, will face the lowest seed remaining, which will be the No. 6 seed 49ers.
As such, the remaining two teams will meet in the other game. That will be the Buccaneers, who will host the winner of the game between the No. 4 seed Rams and the No. 5 seed Cardinals.
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NFC divisional round playoff matchups
Here’s a look at what the NFC divisional round playoff matchups will be for the 2022 NFL playoffs.
- 1. Packers vs. 6. 49ers
- 2. Buccaneers vs. 4. Rams OR 5. Cardinals