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2008 Cardinals 9-7 but Went to the Super Bowl

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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  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 yards and two touchdowns.  The two big targets were  Larry Fitzgerald and and Steve Breaston.  Delhomme’s numbers were less impressive but still good-20 of 28 for 248 yards and 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 at home defeated the Atlanta Falcons (11-5).  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 brought 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 times, sacked him three times, and recovered a fumble.  Noone can win 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.

 

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Cards are lucky to be in that Superbowl,  Plax didn't shoot himself no one was stopping them in the NFC, as a matter of fact every team on Championship Sunday was beaten by the Giants including the SB champs, back the Cards, they were horrible road team 3-5, if the Giants was in the NFC Championship game Cards had to come to cold a** Giants stadium, wouldn't be a close game...

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Yeah, Giants won the super bowl with a 9-7 record.  What's your point?  Referencing the Eagles?  The Eagles are having a super bowl hang over.  Many of us warned you about it.  The Eagles are still a very good contending team, they are just having a  down year.  It's hard to do it two years in a row at that level.  Very few teams have even come close. Better teams then the Eagles (86 Giants) have gone 14-2, turned around and suffered losing seasons to the super bowl hangover.  It's a real thing.

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1 hour ago, pencil face said:

Cards are lucky to be in that Superbowl,  Plax didn't shoot himself no one was stopping them in the NFC, as a matter of fact every team on Championship Sunday was beaten by the Giants including the SB champs, back the Cards, they were horrible road team 3-5, if the Giants was in the NFC Championship game Cards had to come to cold a** Giants stadium, wouldn't be a close game...

While I agree with you, I will point out it cost us nothing because if the Giants had won in 08 they would not have drafted Nicks and they would not have beaten NE in 11.   So essentially, we got that championship 3 years later.

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Funny how the 1979 Rams and 2008 Cardinals, two teams that finished 9-7, nearly won their respective Super Bowl games (14 and 43, and both played Pittsburgh, incidentally). Throw in the 2011 Giants, who won SB 46, and the struggles of a mediocre regular season do not necessarily doom a team if they can just make the playoffs and then cash in by either playing well at the right time or take advantage of a weak conference playoff field.

Great research by the OP.

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15 hours ago, Happyfoosball said:

Yeah, Giants won the super bowl with a 9-7 record.  What's your point?  Referencing the Eagles?  The Eagles are having a super bowl hang over.  Many of us warned you about it.  The Eagles are still a very good contending team, they are just having a  down year.  It's hard to do it two years in a row at that level.  Very few teams have even come close. Better teams then the Eagles (86 Giants) have gone 14-2, turned around and suffered losing seasons to the super bowl hangover.  It's a real thing.

What's your point?  The OP didn't mention the Eagles.  If you paid attention, you would know that Leonard is always posting historical data.  Many times he would post it in the wrong section (but he is finally posting things in their correct sections).

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McNabb was benched on merit vs Baltimore that year and he cried and cried and complained.

  • His mama cried. 
  • His daddy cried.
  • His publicist cried.
  • There was crying everywhere.

The giant baby got his job back in time for the Thanksgiving game at home vs Arizona and the Eagles woodshedded them.

The D was great. Westbrook scored 4 TDs and McNabb passed for 4 TDs.

After the game, scum of the earth Deion Sanders attacked the city and the fans while interviewing #5 on NFLN and that crybaby went along with it.

 

When that low character clown had to repeat the performance on the road in the NFCCG, he was invisible in the first half.

  • His throw over the middle to a wide open Hank Baskett went for 14 because he was tackled by McNabb  placing the ball at Baskett's feet.
    • Think the Riley Cooper drop in the 2013 playoffs, except 100% the QBs fault.
      • WORM BURNER
  • He also had an interception that was canceled out by DJ tracking down the DB and forcing a fumble.

24-6 deficit at the half 

Chunky Soup played a very good second half to make it close, but then he was invisible on the last drive as well. Game Over.

No worries though, his real Super Bowl was shoving it in our faces on Thanksgiving.

 

To make it even more fun, the 2008 Eagles also destroyed the Champion Steelers in Philly in September.

  • Pittsburgh was held to 180 yards and Roethlisberger was sacked 8 times.

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On 11/15/2018 at 10:12 PM, xzmattzx said:

What's your point?  The OP didn't mention the Eagles.  If you paid attention, you would know that Leonard is always posting historical data.  Many times he would post it in the wrong section (but he is finally posting things in their correct sections).

Then I guess in this instance I am guilty of not knowing enough about the OP. 

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