The Brady Hunch: 49ers @ Cardinals Pregame

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The Brady Hunch: 49ers @ Cardinals Pregame

The Cardinals and 49ers kick off the season at University of Phoenix Stadium, which will forevermore in this space be known simply as Cardinals Stadium, 'The Nest,' or UoP Stadium.

This is a series that has been close and entertaining since their first matchup in 1951 (A Cards win).

Example: What long time Cardinals fan can forget 'The Comeback' in the Big Red's inaugural season in the Valley? This was the 6-4 Young/Rice/Craig, etc.. Champion 49ers against the 6-4 underdog Cardinals in a classic at Sun Devil Stadium, the Cards old stomping grounds on ASU's campus.

Trailing 23-0 late in the 3rd quarter, Cards QB Neil Lomax hooked up with WR Roy 'Jetstream' Green on a 35 yard TD pass to narrowed it to 23-7, and ignite the rally.

In a fast and furious 4th quarter, following an Al DelGreco FG, Lomax hit Ernie Jones, to close the gap to 23-17. Then, as the November sun was setting in the west, and on the game, Lomax hit Green in the corner of the endzone on a nine-yard TD pass that will forever live in Cardinals lore!

The Cards and 49ers have been very evenly matched team over the years. If fact, it wasn't that long ago that the Big Red actually had the series advantage over the Niners. No, REALLY!

But San Francisco dominated the early 90's through the early 2000's, winning five straight before the teams later joined divisions and now, of course, play twice a year.

It took last years series sweep for the cards to close that gap to within 3 games, which now stands at a 19-16 49ers advantage.

This is a big game for both teams (obligatory cliche')!

The Cards need to get off to a good start if they want to avoid playing catchup later, as they have a rough first half schedule before things ease up a bit.

This is a game they should win. They have been together longer. They have better players at most 'skill' positions. They're at home. They'll have just dropped their first Conference Title banner since FDR was in office.

They'll have 65,000 extremely enthusiastic fans providing what is fast becoming one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. And they're just better overall.

But as they say, this is why they play the games.

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