DEBATE: Did the Cardinals' loss mean anything?

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 13:56:40-05

On the one hand, the Arizona Cardinals' 36-6 thumping at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks was deeply dissatisfying for Cards fans.

Not only did the Cards look flat heading into the postseason, but fans were forced to watch the hated Seahawks once again dominate their team on its home turf.

On the other hand: So what?

That's the question many fans are asking Monday morning, as the Cards' loss meant nothing in terms of playoff positioning. Even with a win, the Cardinals would have remained the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs (with a first-round bye) after the Panthers' blowout win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

So, what does the loss mean, if anything? It's safe to say that ABC15's Craig Fouhy and Jason Snavely disagreed big time on this one.

Fouhy, a former college football coach, said the Cardinals' defeat was a "huge loss" from a mental perspective.

"Ninety percent of the game is played between your ears, and these guys came out and laid an egg, and that doesn't help them going into the bye week," Fouhy said during Sunday night's "In the Ring" segment on ABC15.

Snavely noted the Cardinals rebounded just fine after their previous loss way back in Week 6 at the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they reeled off nine straight victories following that defeat.

"They haven't lost back-to-back games all season," he said. "I get you want to cruise into (the playoffs) with momentum, but I mean, nine straight (wins) already -- you can't have a hiccup along the way?" 

Which side are you on, Cards fans? Check out the above video to watch the debate, and make sure to let us know what you think.