NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - On New Year's Eve the University of Phoenix Stadium will host Clemson and Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Sunday it could host the Siesta Bowl with little for the Saints and the Cardinals to play for realistically.
Both teams are three back of their division leaders with three to play. Each team has a less than one percent chance of making the playoffs with Sunday's loser mathematically eliminated.
Bruce Arians' Cardinals have never been in this situation through 13 games in his four years as their head coach. Should they sweep the final three, they could still have a winning season.
The Saints would have to win out to attain a non-losing one at eight and eight. If not, It'll be the third straight losing one.
Both teams have lost three of their last four with the Saints having lost four of their last five. The Cardinals would like to leave their hometown fans with a fifth straight win in their building before hitting the road to conclude their regular season at Seattle and Los Angeles.
Horrible special teams and lackluster offensive line play have sunk a season that many had predicted would culminate in a Super Bowl.
There were no such lofty predictions for the Saints who would like to finish fast to conclude a season doomed by another slow start. The game matches the number one offense in the NFL in the Saints against the number one defense in the NFL in the Cardinals. But neither unit has looked like it in their most recent skids.
Both have promised to play for pride on Sunday. That will bear watching to see which, or both, or if neither do.