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Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2010 8:39 pm | Updated: 3:44 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The game could have a significant bearing on the Cardinals’ playoff positioning — or it could be irrelevant. Arizona could move up to a No. 2 seed if things fall right in the early games and they beat the Packers. 

Packers at Cardinals

When: 2:15 p.m. today

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

TV/Radio: Channel 10/KTAR (620 AM)

Records: Arizona 10-5, Green Bay 10-5

The Skinny

The game could have a significant bearing on the Cardinals’ playoff positioning — or it could be irrelevant. Arizona could move up to a No. 2 seed if things fall right in the early games and they beat the Packers. If that’s the scenario, expect the starters to play the whole way in an effort to get a bye the first week of the playoffs. But if the Cardinals’ seeding is set before the game begins, coach Ken Whisenhunt likely will get his starters out early in order to avoid injury.

Three things to watch

1. Vanilla game plans. There’s a good chance the Cardinals will play the Packers again in the first round, so neither coach figures to reveal too much of his playbook. In some ways, it could be a glorified exhibition game, with simple schemes and subs in much of the second half.

2. Tackle play. Neither Jeremy Bridges nor Levi Brown played well against St. Louis, so it’s important they bounce back with a strong performance before the playoffs. They’ll have to keep an eye on outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who leads Green Bay with 10 sacks.

3. Put pressure on Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay’s pass protection has been shaky, and Rodgers has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long. As a result, he’s been sacked 50 times. The Cardinals wouldn’t mind putting a little uncertainty in his head heading into their possible playoff matchup.

Cardinals offense

WR Larry Fitzgerald 

LT  Jeremy Bridges 

LG Reggie Wells 

C Lyle Sendlein 

RG Deuce Lutui 

RT Levi Brown 

TE Stephen Spach 

WR Anquan Boldin 

QB Kurt Warner 

RB Tim Hightower 

FB Dan Kreider

Cardinals defense

DE Calais Campbell

DT Bryan Robinson 

DE Darnell Dockett 

OLB Chike Okeafor 

ILB Karlos Dansby

ILB Gerald Hayes 

OLB Clark Haggans 

RCB Bryant McFadden 

LCB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 

SS Adrian Wilson 

FS Antrel Rolle

Packers offense

WR Greg Jennings  

LT Chad Clifton

LG Daryn Colledge

C Scott Wells

RG Josh Sitton

RT Mark Tauscher

TE Jermichael Finley

WR Donald Driver

QB Aaron Rodgers  

RB Ryan Grant

FB John Kuhn

Packers defense

LDE Johnny Jolly

NT Ryan Pickett

RDE Cullen Jenkins

LOLB Brad Jones

ILB A.J. Hawk

ILB Nick Barnett

ROLB Clay Matthews

LCB Charles Woodson

RCB Tramon Williams

SS Atari Bigby

FS Nick Collins

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