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Which NFL underdog teams could go on a surprising playoff run?


But while the Super Bowl has overwhelmingly skewed toward top seeds in the last decade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' journey last year should inspire some hope for those hitting the road in the first week of the postseason.


The Cardinals begin the postseason Monday night at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, a venue that has become a de facto road game even for its home squads the Rams and Chargers.


The Rams pose a formidable matchup with unique talents like defensive tackle Aaron Donald, cornerback Jalen Ramsey and wide receiver Cooper Kupp.


That defense and the mismatch offense Kyler Murray leads can travel to Green Bay or Tampa and remind NFL teams how much they power up in hostile environments.


Backing the Cardinals at this point requires a significant leap of faith given that Kliff Kingsbury's crew dropped four of their last five games in their seemingly annual end-of-season nose dive.


But Arizona's wins over the Rams and Cowboys, as well as their narrow loss against the Packers, prove that the Cardinals are capable of pushing any team in this field when Murray is in top form.






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