Cards Eek Out a Win Against Lowly Detroit Lions; Clinch Playoff Spot and NFC West Title

The Arizona Cardinals will be heading to the playoffs again this season thanks to a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions yesterday in the dreary Motor City.

Unfortunately, that's about the only good news coming out of Sunday's narrow victory.

For the second week in a row -- and despite winning the game -- the Redbirds looked awful on both sides of the ball.

The Detroit Lions are the laughingstock of the NFL. The team has won two games this season, which is two more than it won last season, when it went 0-16.

In contrast, the Cardinals almost won the Super Bowl last year. As for this season, the Cards humbled the New York Giants with a 24-17 win in week seven, and beat up on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings -- both teams among the league's elite.

So, you would imagine the Redbirds would stomp the dreadful Detroit Lions with ease, right? Wrong -- as has been the case all season, there is an Edward Hyde to the Cardinals Dr. Jekyll, and the shittiest teams in the NFL seem to have his number -- i.e. the San Francisco 49ers, the Tennessee Titans, and the Carolina Panthers.

Going into halftime, the Cards had a 17-0 lead over the Lions. With a little more than three minutes to go in the game, the score was tied at 24. Needless to say, the Cards struggled a bit in the second half.

The Lions first roar came about eight minutes into the third quarter, when Louis Delmas intercepted Kurt Warner and then proceeded to run the ball 100 yards for a touchdown.

About two minutes later, with the score 17-7, Lions running back Maurice Morris found a few holes in the Cards streaky defense, and ran the ball 64 yards into the end zone.

The Lions went on to tie the game with a 37-yard Jason Hanson field goal, ending a horrifying third quarter for the Cards.

The Cardinals, responded with a Beanie Wells rushing touchdown in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

Beanie Wells doesn't just run the ball, he runs the ball over people. Beanie bashed through 18 yards of Lions defenders -- dragging a few of them into the end zone with him -- to give the Cards a 24-17 lead.

The Lions tied the game with about four minutes left in the fourth quarter, and things started to look bleak for the Redbirds.

In the waning minutes of the game, the Cards drove the ball down the field, culminating in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin, who weaved his was into the end zone, putting the Cardinals up by a touchdown.

The Cards defense managed to shut down the Lions last-minute plea for victory and went on to win the game 31-24.

The Philadelphia Eagles did what the Cards couldn't do last week and beat the San Francisco 49ers, sealing the Cards fate as NFC West champions for the second season in a row.

Champs or not, the Cards still have a regular season to finish and will be hosting the St. Louis Rams next week in Glendale.