The 9-7 2008 Arizona Cardinals were the worst team ever to be in the Super Bowl.
Here were 5 of the 7 losses:
@ New York Jets 56 to 35; H New York Giants 37 to 29; @ Philadelphia Eagles 48 to 20; H Minnesota Vikings 35 to 14; @ New England Patriots 47 to 7
Their defense was below average and they were last in the Conference in running. Kurt Warner passing to targets such as Tim Hightower, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston made this the second ranked passing offense.
Arizona defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the final game of the regular season 34 to 29. However, this victory was meaningless. The NFC West was so bad that a .500 record would have put them in first place. The Cardinals were 6-0 against teams in their Division. This meant a 3-7 mark playing the other teams.
Here were the three wins that were outside the NFC West that the Cardinals won. All three were at home. Defeated the Miami Dolphins (11-5) 31 to 10; Buffalo Bills (7-9) 41 to 17, the Bills won their first four games but were 3-9 thereafter; the Dallas Cowboys (9-7) 30 to 24. The win over Miami was their best performance of the season.
in Week 6 the Arizona on the road lost to the 12-4 Carolina Panthers 27 to 23. This was a great passing duel between Jake Delhomme and Kurt Warner. Both quarterbacks put up big numbers. Warner-35 of 49 for 381 yard and two touchdowns. The two big targets were Larry Fitzgerald and and Steve Breaston. Delhomme’s number were less impressive but still good-20 of 28 for 248 yards two touchdowns. Muhsin Muhammad was his main target.
In spite of all this passing, the Panthers won from their ground game. DeAngelo Williams gained 108 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. Arizona’s ground game was nonexistent. Final again Carolina 27 Arizona 23.
Wild Card-The Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Falcons (11-5) at home. This was a great passing duel between Kurt Warner and Matt Ryan. Despite the Falcons being two games better, the Cardinals won 30 to 24. Two great defensive plays bought victory. Antrel Rolle returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown. Antonio Smith tackled Matt Ryan in the End Zone for a safety.
Semi-Finals-As they did in the regular season, Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme squared off. The combination of Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald was too much for the Panthers to handle. Nevertheless, the defense won this game. The Cardinals intercepted Jake Delhomme five time, sacked him three times, and recovered a fumble. Noone can win with against a defensive performance like the Cardinals made in this game. Easy win. Arizona 33 Carolina 13.
Let’s forget the AFC Championship. It still hurts.
Wild Card-At home vs the Atlanta Falcons. the