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Arizona Cardinals news 12/29: Game-day links and previews

It is game day and time to get ready for the huge Week 17 matchup

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The Arizona Cardinals are set to play their most important game of the season at 2 PM local time, as they take on San Francisco 49ers. Before everything starts, here are some of the stories you might have missed.

Cardinals:

Cardinals Focus On 49ers
Playoff hopes partly rest on Buccaneers, but Arians wants team thinking about own finale

Spotlight - 49ers vs Cardinals

Ron Wolfley and Bruce Arians look at the keys to beating the San Francisco 49ers.

Coming Soon: #SFvsAZ

The trailer for the regular season finale against the San Francisco 49ers.

Playbook: 49ers at Cardinals

The "Playbook" gang breaks down all the playoff scenarios in the NFC West and the guys explain why the Cardinals have the defensive MVP on their side.

Preview: San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

NFL Films previews the Week 17 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals.

To Andre Ellington, productive rookie year 'alright' - ESPN

Somewhere in Andre Ellington’s Arizona home is a list of goals.

Arizona Cardinals' No. 1 run D started with a speech - ESPN

After a Week 1 loss to St. Louis, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner gathered his charges for what they expected to be another classroom session.

Week 17 Preview: Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers ArizonaSports.com

The Arizona Cardinals head into their Week 17 matchup with plenty at stake for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Cardinals can become third 11-5 team to miss playoffs | ProFootballTalk
Of the 10 NFL teams that have double-digit wins this season, eight have already clinched playoff berths and a ninth will make the playoffs with a win on Sunday. And then there are the Cardinals.

NFL:

NFL roundup: Robbie Gould extension, Steve Smith out - SBNation.com

The Chicago Bears extended Robbie Gould, Steve Smith is out for Week 17, plus more news you might have missed from Friday in the NFL.

The End of a Brilliant Career: Saying Goodbye To Tony Gonzalez - The Falcoholic
Tony Gonzalez is retiring, which makes the upcoming game against the Panthers an opportunity to say goodbye to a legend.

Rex Ryan likely to remain Jets coach, per report - SBNation.com

The Jets may not make a move with the current coaching staff, despite several rumors to the contrary.