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Cardinals-Vikings final score: 49ers can remain mathematically alive for playoffs

The Arizona Cardinals won a wild one over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football, clinching a playoff berth with their 23-20 victory. The Vikings were in position to kick a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds, but Teddy Bridgewater was stripped, the Cardinals recovered and that was it. What a wild one!

If you are hoping the San Francisco 49ers can somehow stun the world and secure a playoff berth, this was a huge outcome. If the Vikings had won the game, they would have reached nine wins, thus moving them permanently out of the range of the 4-8 49ers. A win by Seattle on Sunday would have eliminated the 49ers, regardless of San Francisco's game against Cleveland. The Vikings win means the 49ers will remain alive for the playoffs with a win over the Browns.

A user broke down the final four weeks of football to get the 49ers into the playoffs, so feel free to bookmark this schedule. It's the longest of long shots, but who knows. I'd say "crazier things have happened", but I don't in fact thing anything crazier has occurred than if the 49ers somehow still made the playoffs. So maybe the 49ers can become the "crazier thing" that happened!