All things aside, the Arizona Cardinals are playing like a pack of hungry wolves looking for it's next prey. The leader of the pack is clearly the talented young receiver, Larry Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald has literally owned the playoffs. We have not seen an offensive performance like this since Jerry Rice, whose record for most receiving yards in the postseason was just broke by none other than Fitzgerald, who happens to have one more game left.
My only question is this, honestly who didn't see this coming? Can anyone even name Pitt's quarterback that Fitzgerald played with in college without looking it up. He has made quarterbacks look good his entire career. Don't you remember Josh McGowan before the Warner days? Without Fitzgerald, McGowan would be what he is now, a nobody.
I have to be fair though, Fitzgerald does owe a huge portion of his career to the likes of Anquan Boldin. Boldin was there before Fitzgerald and quickly meshed with the receiver to form the best receiving tandem in the NFL by far, there is no argument there.
Now begs the question, can anyone in the Steelers secondary cover these guys? The logical answer would be of course, look at how they shut down the Ravens receivers, but that doesn't say much. I have tons of respect for Troy Polamalou, and Deshea Townsend and Bryant McFadden, but they have the tall task of covering Boldin and Fitzgerald. This could be a match up for the ages.
I'm going to set aside my fanhood for the Cardinals for a second though, and say this much for the Steelers, their front seven will determine the outcome of the game. The Cardinals are playing with such tenacity and motivation, it will be hard to stop them. The Steelers were expected to make it this far, the Cardinals were expected to compete to win their division.
We will see on February 1 who wins this battle, but it will be interesting to see if the Steeler defense can stop the unstoppable Larry Fitzgerald.