If anyone out there predicted this at the beginning of the season … forget that. If anyone predicted this at the beginning of the playoffs … yeah, right.
Put your hands down. I don’t believe you.
Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over the top-seeded New York Giants this morning, the Arizona Cardinals will be hosting the NFC Championship game for the first time in the 43-year Super Bowl era. The game will be Sunday morning at University of Phoenix Stadium south of the Westgate City Center in Glendale.
Keep in mind that until this year, the Cardinals (late of both Chicago and St. Louis) had won two playoff games in franchise history. And that this year’s division title was the team’s first since winning the NFC East in 1975. And that a winning record hadn’t been had in a decade before this season.
Much credit goes to the Cardinals’ defense, which forced Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme into six turnovers – five interceptions and one fumble. Would have been nice had he melted down like this against my Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.
It should be interesting to see the reaction in the Valley. On those rare occasions where the Phoenix Suns make a deep playoff run, the city all but shuts down. It’s a little less so when the Diamondbacks are in the playoffs.
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