AJ Green hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015, when Cincinnati lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC Wild Card round.
The Cardinals had one run the same year before losing to Carolina in the NFC Championship.
The two have since failed to return to the playoffs.
Ahead of the Cardinals’ game with the Lions (1-11-1) on Sunday, that could change. In 14 weeks, the Cardinals (10-3) are tied with Green Bay and Tampa Bay for the best record in the league. With a win, Green and the Cardinals will return to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.
“That’s what you play for,” said the wide receiver. “I’ve been in this league for a long time, the first five years that I went to the playoffs, I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s easy, and it’s going to happen every year. “Then not much happened.
“Coming here, man, it’s been a blessing. Like I told people I’m on back nine, and it’s just a pleasure to go out there and play at a high level. enjoy every moment of it. “
But Green noted that making the playoffs isn’t the end goal. The Cardinals know they can play at a high level when it comes to the playoffs. They focus on the big picture: reaching the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history.
To get there, the Cards need to work through the issues they faced in Monday night’s loss to the Rams.