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Arizona Cardinals blown out by the Atlanta Falcons 38-19 as playoff hopes come crashing down

The Cardinals were embarassed by the Falcons in Atlanta.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

It is time to eulogize the 2016 Arizona Cardinals.

While not statistically out of it, they'll have to find a way to win every game the rest of the season, and on the way, hope other teams lose games they likely shouldn't.

That's the result of the Arizona Cardinals loss to the Atlanta Falcons today, where they were thoroughly outplayed in this game, missed opportunities to make plays and then compounded it with bad mental errors in getting absolutely blown out 38-19.

The offense struggled after the second series, that ended with a bad snap, not sure if it was Shipley or Palmer, and from there they could not recover.

Meanwhile, the “top ranked defense” was just completely dominated by the top ranked offense in the NFL.

The Falcons ran for 120 yards and three touchdowns while Matt Ryan and the passing game completed 26/34 for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

Offensively, there are more questions than answers right now. The offensive line is a mess, play calling is bad and the quarterback is skiddish, rightfully so, after being pummeled the last several games.

There is not much in the way of hope for the 2016 season, but there is still plenty to play for.

It is a matter of the team figuring out what is important to them as this season winds down.

Let's hope the players and coaches find their pride the last five games.