Over the past eight seasons, the Super Bowl losers (a.k.a. the Arizona Cardinals) from the previous year have only made a return to the playoffs once, with the 2005-06 Seahawks returning to the postseason after losing the big game the year before.
The result? A squeaker, one point win due to a botched field goal attempt and an overtime loss to next years victim, the Chicago Bears. Even over the last two years, there is much evidence of the "Super Bowl Curse."
In 2007, Chicago literally went from first to worst in the division after losing a tie-breaker with- and being swept by- Detroit. Yes, I will say it again. The defending NFC champions were swept by the Detroit Lions.
Even New England, who finished with a better record than three of the eight division champions and the same or a better record than four other teams that made the playoffs, failed to advance and lost their star quarterback for the season in Week One.
Coincedence? I don't think so. And by the looks of it, Arizona seems to be headed for the same miserable fate.