Arizona "Worst Ever Playoff Team" Cardinals Meet Steelers in Super Bowl

Football Maniaxs@@FantasymaniaxsSenior Writer IJanuary 19, 2009

By Antonino Buccellato

Behind a noisy and tumultuous crowd of 70,650—mostly wearing red—two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner threw for 279 yards and four TDs as the Arizona Cardinals kept silencing their critics, turning skeptics into believers, and stopping a late Philadelphia rally to secure a 32-25 victory to advance to their first Super Bowl ever.

In a game that meant a ticket to Super Bowl XLIII for both teams, the Cardinals (12-7) prevailed by building a comfortable double-digit lead to close the first half on top of the Eagles (11-7-1) by a 24-6 score.

Arizona got off to a quick start with a Larry Fitzgerald nine-yard TD reception that capped a 5:40, 80-yard opening drive. Fitzgerald, who finished the game with 152 yards on nine catches, wasn’t done...

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