NFL Scores Week 16: Cardinals Vs. Bengals, Arizona's Playoff Hopes Die With Loss

Cardinals eliminated from playoff contention, while the Bengals remain alive after Cincinnati's 23-16 victory.

The Arizona Cardinals (7-8) had their hopes of making the post-season dashed after coming up just short in their attempt to come back from a 23-0 deficit in the fourth quarter. Despite moving deep into Cincinnati Bengals (9-6) territory twice in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie, the Cardinals lost 23-16 on Saturday. The loss officially eliminated them from playoff contention.

Andy Dalton did not necessarily have a great game for the Bengals, throwing for only 154 yards, but he did throw two touchdowns without an interception in leading his team to victory. Dalton's touchdown passes went to Jermaine Gresham and Jerome Simpson. The connection to Simpson was especially noteworthy as he landed a full flip while leaping over a tackler to score.

The Cardinals got a huge game from Larry Fitzgerald, who made six catches for 105 yards and scored a touchdown. The Cardinals were mostly undone by a rough start from John Skelton, who tossed three interceptions before rebounding to toss a pair of touchdowns.

For a complete box score, check out SB Nation's stats page. For more of a local angle, check out Cardinals blog Revenge of the Birds and Bengals blog Cincy Jungle.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.