UPDATE: The Cardinals will host the Packers Saturday, January 16 at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC
It’s been seven years since the Arizona Cardinals made it to the NFC Championship.
But after a dominant 2015 season that saw them win a franchise-record 13 games, they are now just one win away from returning.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Arizona’s divisional-round outlook, including opponent scenarios based on how the NFC wild-card games play out:
Cardinals Divisional Round Game
Date: Saturday, January 16
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Cardinals Divisional Round Opponent
If the Vikings beat the Seahawks, the Cardinals will host Minnesota no matter what happens in the later wild-card game. When these two teams met in Glendale in Week 14, Arizona pulled out a narrow 23-20 victory.
Seahawks Win, Redskins Win
In this scenario, the Cardinals would host Washington. The Redskins have largely been regarded as one of the worst playoff teams this year because they came out of the ugly NFC East, but they did win four in a row to close out the season, and they have played very good football down the stretch.
Seahawks Win, Packers Win
The Cardinals would host the Green Bay Packers, and judging by what happened just a couple of weeks ago, this may be the scenario Arizona fans are rooting for. In Week 16, the Cardinals abused a beat-up Green Bay offensive line, sacked Aaron Rodgers nine times, scored a pair of defensive touchdowns and ran away with a 38-8 drubbing.
As you may notice, it’s impossible for the Cardinals to play the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round. Considering what Seattle did in Arizona last week, that should be cause for a giant sigh of relief from the Cardinals.