Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Last season’s Cardinals finished the year winners in seven of their last nine games, leading many to label them one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL when the season concluded. Of course, that team failed to qualify for the playoffs, so there’s no way of knowing if the momentum would have carried them any further.But as Arians also said Monday, the Cardinals are like every other team still playing in that they have a 0-0 record. Though teams are seeded according to records, and Arizona’s sluggish finish negatively impacted them, each of the 12 teams still alive are all one loss away from seeing their season end.The goal for his team now is to make sure it doesn’t come Saturday in Carolina.Arians said the Panthers are playing “extremely hot right now, especially on defense,” and he’s absolutely correct. Though they finished the season with a 7-8-1 record, the Panthers, who had gone eight consecutive games without earning a win, emerged victorious in their last four.And Sunday, on the road in Atlanta, they smoked the Falcons 34-3 in a matchup that determined who would win the NFC South. But while the Panthers would appear to be playing better than Arizona heading into the postseason, once Saturday arrives none of that will matter. The offense’s struggles to move the ball or the defense’s sudden inability to tackle can become things of the past, relegated to being just a footnote to the team’s magical season. 0 Comments Share Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Or, their recent problems could be the team’s undoing, ending a season that began with so much promise in a way no one had hoped for.With so much on the line, Arians said it’s important not to vary too much from a normal week of preparation. “You don’t change from what you did to get here,” he said. “Obviously it works, so you stay with the process. Everything fine tunes because one mistake now is the end of the season, and I think once you — as players and coaches — get a grasp of that, the better you are real quick.” – / 27 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. — All things being equal, a team would rather enter the postseason riding a winning streak. It’s called “peaking at the right time,” and generally leads to confidence that a team could make a deep playoff run.The Arizona Cardinals, having lost their last two games and four of their last six, seem to be trending in the opposite direction. Cause for concern?“I would think you’d say that, but I don’t think there’s any concern because we’re in the playoffs and it don’t matter,” coach Bruce Arians said Monday.