NFL Week 15: Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions


The Detroit Lions long ago kissed their playoff chances goodbye, but the Arizona Cardinals will be entering this fixture with an opportunity to clinch a second straight NFC West championship and trip to the postseason. First, they must beat the Lions, and then hope that Philadelphia beat the Niners.

The Lions have had a lot of lows this season, as their 2-11 record would show, but last week’s defeat at Baltimore may have been the bottom of the barrel.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals will be without Neil Rackers after the 33-year-old kicker missed practice all week with a right groin injury. Mike Nugent will play in place of Rackers.

Nugent was released by the Bucs on Oct. 5, a day after he missed two field goals in a three-point loss to the Redskins.

The match kicks-off at 1:30 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: The Cardinals clinched the NFC West title and a playoff berth when they beat the Lions and San Francisco lost to Philadelphia.

Kurt Warner threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 1:54 left, lifting Arizona to a 31-24 victory over Detroit.