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Man, this was a great game.

It's hard to believe it got as close as it did after Arizona just DOMINATED the first half, but I guess I have been underestimating BOTH teams at times. At least I wasn't the only one.

They made a super big deal out of that non-replay chance on the kickoff. I HATE that it takes me about five seconds to figure out that it was a moot point (clearly, the ball hit what's-his-name on the elbow after he'd slid out of bounds, so there wasn't anything to call) and yet the FOX dudes are still trying to "figure it out" during the halftime show. COME ON.

Also, for the life of me I can't understand why the Eagles didn't go for 2 the first time. Neither did ye olde footballe gods, apparently, since Rackers went ahead and missed the PAT.

I'm not sure where Aikman saw pass interference on that 4th down....but again, those FOX guys seem to pick up on lots of things I don't, and vice versa. :/ You know...Curtis really should have caught that ball, though. I mean, *Fitzgerald* would have caught that ball.

I almost wondered if they could eat up the :15 running backwards and giving up a safety, but again that's probably a moot point.

If the AFC Championship is HALF as good as this game was, I'm an incredibly lucky football viewer today.

Congratulations, state of Arizona!

EDIT: If I correctly process the nfl.com stats, Warner's QB rating for this game was 145.6. Wowee.

(edited by CRZ on 18.1.09 1734)


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    Originally posted by CRZ

    Also, for the life of me I can't understand why the Eagles didn't go for 2 the first time. Neither did ye olde footballe gods, apparently, since Rackers went ahead and missed the PAT.



I think you mean Akers.

I thought the death of the Cardinals would be their lack of pass-rush on McNabb, but the off-targetness he had early in the game crept up once again late.
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    Originally posted by geemoney
      Originally posted by CRZ

      Also, for the life of me I can't understand why the Eagles didn't go for 2 the first time. Neither did ye olde footballe gods, apparently, since Rackers went ahead and missed the PAT.



    I think you mean Akers.
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As soon as Philly pulled ahead, I was SO sure it meant the Cardinals suddenly remembered they were the Cardinals and it would be that Bears/Cardinals game from a few years ago all over again with Ken Whisenhunt playing the role of Dennis Green. I give a lot of credit to the Cards, though, for changing their game plan on the fly and running the ball with Hightower and Edge after it became apparent that Philly got wise to Warner's passing game.

I don't take anything away from Philly. No way they should have made it this far, but they beat a lot of really good teams and went on a total tear to end the season. They have nothing to be ashamed of. Well...except maybe that cheap shot on Warner to end the first half.

The Arizona Cardinals are in the Super Bowl. Unbelievable.

(edited by It's False on 18.1.09 1529)


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Oh, look: the Eagles lose in the NFC Championship game. Yawn. They're like the 1990s Buffalo Bills except, you know, not nearly as good.

In other news, HOLY SHIT THE *CARDINALS* ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!

In other less important news that nobody other than me probably noticed, what's up with the multiple Eagles players who were seemingly celebrating with the Cardinals? I know it's common practice/good sportsmanship to congratulate your opponent, no matter how big the game, but I saw 2, 3, 4 different Eagles players that were jumping up and down and laughing and carrying on with the Cards. Strange.

Finally, let me say that until Calvin Johnson gets onto a team that is NOT the worst in the history of the NFL, I'm going to have to declare Larry Fitzgerald my pick for the best wide receiver in the league. Yes, even better than Randy Moss. How many other receivers are you gonna see matched up one-on-one with ANYONE ELSE and you still know 100% that they're gonna score or catch the deep ball? Incredible. One Jerry Rice record down (most receiving yards in a postseason), a couple dozen more to go.

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Wow ... you just can't help but pull for a guy like Kurt Warner ...
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After worrying about sudden cardiac arrest all through Giants/Packers last season, it was fun to just sit and watch this game.

I'm also making a bold prediction in this new era of sports insanity- a 16 seed will beat a 1 in the men's tournament this year.

Congrats Cards fans- it'll be a fun ride.



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    Originally posted by StingArmy

    In other less important news that nobody other than me probably noticed, what's up with the multiple Eagles players who were seemingly celebrating with the Cardinals? I know it's common practice/good sportsmanship to congratulate your opponent, no matter how big the game, but I saw 2, 3, 4 different Eagles players that were jumping up and down and laughing and carrying on with the Cards. Strange.



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I thought it was very weird to see Samuel hugging and laughing with Warner after Warner had made him his bitch through most of the game. I'm sure a few of the always polite Eagle fans will store this in their memory banks should any of these players struggle when the Eagles go for a half century of futility next season.
Kurt Warner might have the most unique Hall of Fame career. He's now been to as many Super Bowls as Jim Kelly (3, as Reich was the QB for the 3rd Bills loss) with the major difference being that Warner will have at least 1, and possibly 2 more titles.
Donovan McNabb behind with the ball and only a few minutes to go in a playoff game really doesn't inspire confidence.
And, while I give them the benefit of the doubt not going for 2 at 24-12 in the 3rd quarter, not going for 2 at 24-19 made no sense.

(edited by redsoxnation on 18.1.09 1840)
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Congrats Arizona. As a Giant fan, I was pulling for you to clobber Philly, but I will take a hard fought win. I hope against all hope you get the Ravens and beat them so badly that I will never have to see Ray Lewis' mug on camera again.

My respect for Kurt Warner is through the roof. I beleive he is a HoF lock, but another Super Bowl win will cement that.

And yes, larry Fitzgerald is the best WR in the league. No one is close.

Congrat Cards fan. Your long suffering is over.



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Ugh...congrats to the Cardinals , and all that, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to watch any more football until next season. Just...ugh. Being an Eagles fan is like being Charlie Brown, except instead of Lucy just pulling the football away, she then smashes you in the face with it. My condolences to whoever has to cover Fitzgerald in the Super Bowl.

(edited by eventhis on 18.1.09 1755)
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    Originally posted by eventhis
    Ugh...congrats to the Cardinals , and all that, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to watch any more football until next season. Just...ugh. Being an Eagles fan is like being Charlie Brown, except instead of Lucy just pulling the football away, she then smashes you in the face with it.


Don't feel too bad, your team had to go up against Kurt Warner AND god! Only losing by seven (and almost *winning*) to that tandem is a moral victory.



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I can't believe it. I hoped the Cardinals weren't going to fold after that terrible 3rd quarter and they didn't. I know what Boldin was yelling at the Offensive Coordinator about: "GIVE IT TO LARRY!"

Fitzgerald is the man. I apologize for recognizing it sooner.

When the Cards scored and I looked at the clock, they had the ball for 7 solid minutes in the 4th, scoring a TD. To paraphrase Oscar, they deserve the win. That's championship football.

I hope they win it all. I wish I had put $50 on them early last week when they were announced as a 5-1 shot to win the whole thing.

ETA: the guys with the WE ARE WHO WE THOUGHT WE WERE signs were killing me. Awesome.

(edited by Pete on 18.1.09 1916)
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I still can't believe they had that 14 play drive to come back and win the game! My son couldn't understand the tears in my eyes as they wound down the clock, until Fox gave me the perfect visual. See, I was born in Chicago and moved to Phoenix when I was 13. The only Chicago team I still am a die hard fan of is the Cubs (and that will never change). I switched over the Phoenix teams years ago (I am 43 now). So, when they showed the visual of the teams that have waited the longest for a championship (Cubs, then Cardinals), it summed it all up for me!

Still in shock, as the entire city will be going nuts!
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The toaster, the pink taco, you oh pee. Whatever you want to call it, it was rocking today. I promise to have a more detailed report tomorrow, or whenever I don't have a well-earned migraine, but here's some extra points.

- THREE penalties for the Cardinals. You wouldn't know it from the playoff, but the Cardinals are one of, if not the most penalized teams in the league. The massive improvement of the offensive line in the last four weeks in nothing short of remarkable.

- The Eagles inexplicably took about forty two minutes in their second drive of the third quarter down eighteen. Although they scored a touchdown in the end, that ate up so much time.

- You gotta take the good with the bad in regards to Neil Rackers. Kicking out of bounds on a kickoff ONCE is unacceptable let alone what would've been twice if that Eagle hadn't touched the ball.

- Shovel pass? Good god indeed.

- Fitz' total yards of 451 (or around there) is now the most in one playoff year ever. Beating Jerry F'n Rice. (!!!)

- Let's go get Warner's kids that puppy!





(edited by Super Shane Spear on 18.1.09 2047)
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation

    Donovan McNabb behind with the ball and only a few minutes to go in a playoff game really doesn't inspire confidence.
    (edited by redsoxnation on 18.1.09 1840)


I have plenty of confidence in Donovan McNabb with 2 minutes left in a playoff game. I don't have confidence in the 173 or so crappy receivers he's had to try and go down the field late in a game with. Westbrook is the only weapon he's had in his career and a running back doesn't help much in that situation.

Granted McNabb made some bad throws, especially in the first half, but even his bad throws were bouncing of the hands of Eagles receivers. Even the touchdown pass to Desean Jackson had to be bobbled before he caught it and the fourth down pass at the end of the game was catchable and would've extended the drive or maybe even score a touchdown, I'm not sure if there was another defender back there.

I was actually hoping McNabb would get kicked out of Philly so he could play with some NFL caliber receivers for once.



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I think now they can punch Kurt's ticket to the HOF, if Arizona wins it all they should wave the waiting period. I mean who else can say, yeah I took the Rams and the Cardinals to the Super Bowl. Anyone can take the Steelers, 49ers, Cowboys, etc., but the Rams AND the Cardinals!?

(edited by Doc_whiskey on 18.1.09 2337)


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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.12
    Originally posted by EddieBurkett
    I hate football.


Welcome to how I felt all of yesterday.

Now that I've time to sleep on it, a little perspective has set in. Yeah it sucks to get so close and fall short (again!) but fans (including myself) have to remember that this wasn't the same as the 12-4 teams that were losing to Tampa Bay and Carolina at home, and getting punked in the process. This was a 9-6-1 team that competed hard, on the road, against a division winner featuring a former Super Bowl MVP (Warner), and the best WR tandem in the game. Yeah, one can say "It's the Cardinals!" but these ain't yer daddy's Cardinals.

That being said, since Reid & McNabb are now almost certainly coming back now, the following upgrades will have to happen to get back here:

-- Get a reliable threat at tight end, or find out if Brent Celek is the real deal.

-- Upgrade the safety position. I love ya, B-Dawk, but you're a liability in pass coverage at this point.

-- Find a guy to pair with Desean Jackson on the outside (Hakeem Nicks & Darius Heyward-Bey, I'm looking at you).

-- Get a bigger, physical corner. Sheldon Brown's physical but not tall enough, and Samuel is more of a ball-hawk than a shutdown guy. Against someone like T.O., that's enough; against the Larry Fitzgeralds & Plaxico Burress' of the world, not so much.

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    Originally posted by Pete
    I can't believe it. I hoped the Cardinals weren't going to fold after that terrible 3rd quarter and they didn't. I know what Boldin was yelling at the Offensive Coordinator about: "GIVE IT TO LARRY!"




I guess his tantrum didn't end there. He apparently bolted for the locker room and then out of the stadium mid-celebration:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Anquan-Boldin-even-less-valuable-than-previously?urn=nfl,135311
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Wow. What a dillhole. Part of me thought he might have been yelling at Haley about getting touches, but I didn't want to believe that any player would be more concerned about his stats than what was going on in the game, particularly given what was going on at that point in that game.

What a dillhole.
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