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Sunday, January 18, 2009

NEWSFLASH!!! Hell has frozen over; Cardinals are Super Bowl bound

Snicker if you want, but it's a fact, Jack. The Arizona Cardinals -- the humpty-dumptys of the NFL -- are going to the Super Bowl:

They are neither punch line nor punching bag now. The Cardinals are NFC Champions, and, show of hands, how many thought that’s who they would become?

The Cardinals continued their stunning run through the playoffs Sunday, beating the Eagles 32-25 at University of Phoenix Stadium to win their first NFC Championship and advance to the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Their opponent in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa on Feb. 1 will be decided later today when Pittsburgh meets Baltimore.

The Cardinals probably don’t care which team they face. Until this season, they were one of six franchises never to play in a Super Bowl.

The Cardinals jumped on the Eagles in the first half and led 24-6 at intermission. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught three touchdowns passes, including a 62-yard catch on a gadget play.

They held on for dear life, and their first Super Bowl berth, in the second half. The Eagles scored three touchdowns in just more than a quarter to take a 25-24 lead with 10:45 left.

The Cardinals responded with guts and offensive diversity. They drove 72 yards in 14 plays, covering on a critical third down near midfield. Using a mix of run and pass, the Cardinals drove to the 9, where they were faced with a third down.

Rookie running back Tim Hightower took a screen pass, picked up a couple of nice blocks and scored. Tight end Ben Patrick caught a pass for the two-point conversion, giving the Cardinals a 32-25 lead with 2:53 left.

And they did hold on. It was touch and go in the second half as the Cardinals seemed to let up on the Eagles after befuddling them in the first half.

I'll be honest with readers. No, I'm not a fan of the Cardinals, and no I didn't jump on the bandwagon. I was pulling for them to win because I utterly despise the Eagles. So congratulations to the Cardinals for a very hard-fought game. And I could really care less who they face or if they win. This, in and of itself, is an accomplishment.

Publius II


Anonymous Joe Gringo said...

As a native Arizonan, we grew up watching Dallas (ugh) San Diego, Denver and Minnesota...the Cardinals were never on the radar screen. When they moved here I bought season tickets for 10 years but got tired of the 4-12 seasons and new coaches and bailed. I go to a few games a year so I guess I jumped back on the ol bandwagon...which is fine, had a blast man.

There is no finer man in pro sports than Kurt Warner, a true man of faith, a great family man and cool cat as well....can't wait for the Super Bowl!

January 19, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

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