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There are only five games remaining in the NFL regular season and the play-off picture is not finally coming into focus.

While we saw an unbeaten team taste defeat in week 12 as the New England Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos, one of the biggest play-off implications came from the NFC.

Enough to make it?

Adrian Peterson is leading the Minnesota Vikings to victory as they top the NFC North, the Carolina Panthers remain unbeaten in the NFC South while no-one knows what is happening in the NFC East.


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As for the NFC West, the division has suddenly become wide open after this past weekend where the Arizona Cardinals suffered a big loss.

The Cardinals didn't lose on the field, they claimed a very close 19-13 divisional win over the San Francisco 49ers.

What they lost, was their leading rusher Chris Johnson who was today confirmed as out indefinitely with a broken tibia.

Johnson left the win over San Francisco in the third quarter with the injury after amassing just 17 yards from 12 carries.

Andre Ellington would come in to replace Johnson but would suffer an injury himself minutes later.

Arizona will now turn to David Johnson who becomes the team's best hope at runningback despite not actually starting a game this year.

Losing their leading rusher has arguably come at the worst time for Arizona as they enter the final five games - four of which will be big tests.

The news comes after a week where the Seattle Seahawks looked to have gotten back onto Championship form and now look set to mount a serious challenge to the Cardinals.

A Western race

The Cardinals are now three games ahead of Seattle as the Seahawks sit on 6-5, but their incredible performance in arguably the game of the season so far against Pittsburgh shows they may not be done just yet.

Seattle currently occupy a wildcard spot in the NFC play-off picture and it will be difficult for them to catch Arizona, but not impossible.

The two are set to clash once more before the end of the season and with games against the Green Bay Packers, St Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings to come, Arizona still have a lot of work to do.

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Arizona Cardinals

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