The Arizona Cardinals just concluded one heck of a 2013 season. They were not supposed to contend for anything but a top-10 pick in the 2014 draft. They were supposed to finish last in the NFC West.
But new head coach Bruce Arians would not let that happen.
These 53 men fought their asses off for 16 games and nearly came out as one of 12 teams left standing for the right to play for the Lombardi Trophy. You should have nothing but pride for them for the heart they showed this season.
Finishing 10-6 should earn most teams a playoff berth, but it was not to be for the Cardinals this season. The experience would have been great for the young players. And for the veterans who have never won a playoff game, like quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Yeremiah Bell, it would have been fun to watch those guys fight some more.
Anything is possible in the playoffs, and with the defense playing as well as it has all season, who knows what would have happened if Arizona sneaked in on the final day of the season?
With all that said, there were many defining moments from the 2013 season—good and bad. Here is a rundown of the best of them, because dwelling on the bad is not how this should go. The season was too good, and the future is too bright, to focus on the poor performances.
We’ll leave that for ESPN and NFL Network, because you know they’ll cover them like a glove.