The NFL never ceases to amaze me. The Cardinals are the first 9-7 team to make the Super Bowl. Parity is king and we see yet another example of that this year.
The Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl for the first time in their franchise history, but they certainly didn't make it easy. At halftime, the Cardinals were up 24-6 and things looked very good for them to coast into the big game. However, the Eagles battled back and actually took a 25-24 lead in the 4th quarter. At this point, I was certainly thinking, "same old Cardinals."
Then Kurt Warner, with a lot of help from Tim Hightower, orchestrated a drive to put them up 32-25 and Donovan McNabb could not match. The Eagles 1-4 record in NFC Championship games speaks for itself, but consider they were favored in most of them and it will make Philly fans sick. I'm still not sold on this Cardinals team, but they continue to prove me wrong.
As for Pittsburgh, they did exactly what I thought they would. The miracle run for Joe Flacco ended aburptly as the Ravens offense could get nothing going. The Steeler defense made a statement loud and clear: We're the best defense in the NFL and it's not even close.
Big winner this weekend? Bill Cowher. Two of his assistants will be facing off in the Super Bowl. I'm sure we'll hear a lot about this story next week. More to come on the Super Bowl...