The ARIZONA Cardinals advance to the first Super Bowl in franchise history with a 32-25 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The sell out crowd watched history being made as the Cardinals held off a 3rd quarter Eagle onslaught that resulted in Philly take a 1 point lead in the fourth quarter.
The second quarter belonged to Arizona. It began with a flea flicker to Fitzgerald for a 62 yard touchdown. Following another Akers field goal(33yds). The Cards had their second 9 play drive, this time for 73 yards, ending with Fitzgerald in single coverage making an easy catch from a yard out. The Cardinals 3rd 9 play drive(53 yards) ended with a Neil Rackers 49 yard field goal at time expired. Giving Arizona a 24-6 halftime lead. The ROUTE was on...or was it?
The third quarter was all Eagles. Highlighted by 2 Brent Celek touchdowns, 6 and 31 yards. 24-19 heading to the final 15 minutes. The momentum was clearly in the Eagles hands. The Cards looked slow and tired on defense and the offense could do nothing when on the field.
The Fourth began to play out much like the 3rd quarter. Philadelphia drove 86 yards on just 4 plays as Donovan McNabb hit DeSean Jackson with a 62 pass that Rodgers-Cromartie almost deflected away. What was lost on that play was the extra attention the Cards had to give to Brent Celek. It prevented them from rushing the extra man, giving McNabb the time to hit Jackson downfield for the score. The 2 point attempt was missed and the Cardinals trailed for the first time all day,25-24.
What happened next was what heros,legends, and champions are made of. Arizona drove 71 yards on 14 plays converting 4 first downs, including a fourth and 1. The 7:52 drive was capped when Kurt Warner threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game on third and goal from the 8 yard line to Tim Hightower. The 2 point conversion ,Warner to tight end Ben Patrick gave the ARIZONA CARDINALS the lead 32-25.
The Eagles turned the ball over on downs. The Cards could do no better as they had to punt with 15 seconds to go. Philly tried a short pass with a few laterals....that ended, along with the game, when Darnell Dockett recovered the fumbled ball and finally went down to end the game.
It was basically vintage Cardinal playoff football...feels funny to say that! They made the Eagles turn the ball over 3 times. One was an Aaron Francisco interception that he fumbled away....They were able to run the ball,102 yards on the ground,led by Edgerrin James with 73 yards. Arizona held Westbrook to 45 yards rushing and the Eagles to a total of 97 yards.
Warner was his hall of fame self, throwing for 279 yards and 4 touch downs....he completed passes to 10 recievers including himself! Larry Fitzgerald showed why he is the best receiver in football... catching 9 passes for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns.
What may have been the nicest part of this win....ADRIAN WILSON, he played like a beast again. Sacking McNabb twice, one resulting in a turnover!
It's on the Tampa!!!! Respect is finally in ARIZONA!