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Wild Card aftermath

Posted by Darren Urban on January 11, 2010 – 1:41 am

Antrel Rolle was exhausted and he said as much in the locker room after Sunday’s 51-45 overtime win. Rolle had an excuse, since he had barely practiced for two weeks before taking part in the Wild Card track meet. But I don’t know how the Cards can’t be shot, mentally and physically, and now they have one less day before traveling cross country for another playoff game.

Then again, as Adrian Wilson said without hesitation, “Next.”

What a game. The range of emotions … I mean, I was like everyone else in the building, believing it was over when Neil Rackers trotted on to the field, and believing it was over when the Packers won the coin flip before overtime. Turns out I was wrong on both counts. “It’s one of those games you hate to play great and not go away with a victory,” quarterback Kurt Warner said, and fortunately, the Cards don’t have to worry about that.

It’s getting late (that’s pretty much an Aftermath theme, no?) so some of my post-midnight thoughts:

— Larry Fitzgerald joked that Warner was going to play another four or five years. That’s not going to happen, but man, it’ll be tough to see him walk away knowing he still can play like this. How are these numbers, by the way: In Warner’s last three playoff games – the NFC Championship, the Super Bowl, and Sunday – Warner has 1,035 yards passing and 12 touchdown passes. That’s just sick.

— I do not want to get into the whole Anquan Boldin debate right now, and I will say for the record I hope Boldin can make it back for the Saints game because I think that would be important. But – and it may simply be coincidence – Warner has thrown 10 touchdown passes (with zero interceptions) in the two games Boldin has missed, at Chicago and then Sunday against Green Bay. They were the Cards’ two highest scoring games of the season.

— Oh, did anyone notice the Cards gouged the NFL’s top rushing defense for 156 yards? It was the quietest big rushing day I’ve ever seen. Beanie Wells had 91 yards on 14 carries and it was lost in the shuffle. The Cards averaged 6.8 yards a carry. Take that, Rodney Harrison.

— LaRod Stephens-Howling played a impressive offensive role. He made a big catch for a first down in the red zone to set up the Cards’ first TD and added an 18-yard run (which also had a facemask penalty tagged on the back end) to set up another score. “It felt good to be in the offense as much as I was today,” he said. “That’s just an electric feeling to be out there.”

— What a physical battle between Fitzgerald and Charles Woodson today. Woodson got his hands up in the facemask of Fitzgerald on one play – isn’t that a penalty? – and then stripped Fitzgerald for a big fumble that may have kept the Cards from sealing the game much, much earlier than it was. But Fitzgerald slipped Woodson later for his first TD when Woodson fell down, and then Fitzgerald made a beautiful, diving one-handed catch for a touchdown after giving a little love tap to Woodson – isn’t that a penalty? – to clear some space. Woodson may be named NFL defensive player of the year this week, but Fitz gets to keep playing.

— Absolutely love seeing Gabe Watson and Darnell Dockett in the backfield. Dockett is lobbying for the ball. Coach Ken Whisenhunt, at least hearing it from Dockett, might not be all that keen on the idea. Still, with the way Fox broke down Dockett’s blocking on Tim Hightower’s touchdown Sunday, “I’m definitely going to TiVo that play if nothing else.”

— The Packers averaged exactly one turnover per game this season. Sunday, they had three. The Packers averaged 2.5 turnovers forced per game. Sunday, they had one. Just a huge victory by the Cards, who were turnover-creating machines in the playoffs last year as well.

— Michael Adams is one of my favorite people on the Cardinals. It’s hard not to root for the guy. So the ending against the Packers was good to see. It’s tough to remember another player playing as rocky of a game as Adams did Sunday and still getting a chance at late redemption.

— Rolle, on Aaron Rodgers: “That dude is phenomenal. He’s a true champion and a true warrior and I don’t want to play him again.” No worries, Antrel. It’s Drew Brees time. The Cards are on to the Divisional round.


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69 Responses to “Wild Card aftermath”

  1. By Aaron Lone-Eagle on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Whew, that was one hell of a game, and that was just the wild-card? Thank you Michael Adams, Karlos Dansby, and most definately MVP Kurt Warner!!! Everyone was amazing, and the Packers may have put up one hell of a fight, but we got the Victory. Kudos to the Packers, they played great, thank goodness we played a little better. New Orleans, here we come. I kinda like our chances, but I am pretty sure they already have us as 10 point underdogs. What else is new. I don’t know about the rest of you fans, but I kinda like the under-dog role, anyone else agree? Go Cards!!!!!

  2. By Wesley on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren –
    Right now, I’m seeing a bunch of comments about a face mask call that wasn’t called on Adams on the forced fumble. Any contact with his face mask happened after the fumble, but, as I recall, before the change of possession. Do you know what the exact rules about that are? Personally, I don’t think he or any other Packers could even have recovered the ball, but it’s been annoying reading Pack fans whine about that missed call(s) (I think officiating was quite lax on both sides anyway).

  3. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Wesley —

    I was going to look that up this morning. I will blog about what I find.

  4. By Rugbymuffin on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren I am going to add one more point:

    – Steve Breaston had one of the quietest big games as well. 7 catch, 125 yards, 1 one handed catch, 1 diving TD catch, and one “Razor Ramone” TD celebration. Yeah, you tell him I noticed that the second he did it.

    My wife told me all week, “With Q out, Breaston will have a huge game.” Always has been her favorite:

    http://www.arizonasportsfans.com/vb/showpost.php?p=1906851&postcount=20

  5. By TucsonTim on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Great news! We’re 7 point underdogs. Hopefully everyone at ESPN, SI and Fox will pick against the Cards again.

  6. By angela o on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    GOOD JOB CARDINALS!! GOOD LUCK ON SATURDAY!!

  7. By azcardsfan22 on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    First let me say this I have been a Cards fan since I ws 10 yrs old, and its kinda strange considering I am from Boston my whole life, I’ve suffered for 36 years with this franchise…and I have been killing coach whiz for 2 years, I am here to say I was wrong and let my emotions take over when I was killing him, I have gained so much respect for coach, not because of the win yesterday but the way he handles adversity and I was thouroghly impressed that he was very confident that he knew they had a gameplan that would torch GB defense, again let me say its not just yesterday but its the whole package that I never took into consideration when judging Whiz, I would just fly off the handle and nitpick all the mistakes and blame Whiz and not realize that its more than xxx and ooos when you are a head coach I could go on but don’t want to bore you guys, let me end by saying to all you people in Arizona I AM SORRY FOR ALL THE NEGATIVITY I WOULD BRING TO BLOGS AND AM VERY PROUD TO SAY I AM AN ARIZONA CARDINALS FAN….AND A KEN WHISENHUT FAN…..PS also sorry to you Darren as I was taking it out on you

  8. By Matt in Philly on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I’m not sure if the AZ telecast had Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, but, if you did, did anyone get the feeling that Joe Buck was desperate for the Packers to win? It seemed like he was rooting the Packers on after every touchdown, referring to the Cards’ early lead as an indictment on the Packer defense not as a credit to the Cardinal offense, and then with an absolutely deflated inflection (no enthusiasm about the crazy play that just happened in perhaps the greatest wild card game ever played) makes the call something like, “And the defense comes up with a play to win the game…*silence*”.

  9. By Matt in Philly on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    BTW, Wes and Urb, Peter King gives a good explanation of the way that last non-call went down.

  10. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Matt in Philly —

    Here is the link to King’s story. I don’t think it’s going to stop the Packers fans from continuing to scream bloody murder though.

  11. By Cards Fan for 41 Years on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren – I just want to thank you for all of the great updates you give us through your blog! I know you were working late into the night, and it is greatly appreciated.

    By the way, I’m exhausted, too! This reminds me of the Cardiac Cards of the 70s when Jim Hart and the Cards would play it down to the last few seconds.

  12. By TucsonTim on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Greeny on Mike and Mike ESPN radio made the alleged face mask the topic of one of his segments. Stating that the Packer fans should be irate. Already had an explanation from Peter King that the Ref couldn’t call it because he had to watch the ball. They also explained why the tuck rule didn’t pertain to the “interception”. Leave it to ESPN to try and pee on our parade.

  13. By RED BIRD 66 on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    DARREN,
    WHAT A GAME! THANKS TO YOU FOR YOUR REPORTING AND THE CARDINALS FOR A GREAT AND DESERVED WIN. LOVE DOCKETTS COMMENTS ABOUT ROGERS AND HIS CHAMPIONSHIP BELT DANCE FROM WEEK 17. HOPEFULLY WE GET 1 MORE YEAR FROM KURT. I THINK ITS TIME FOR THE CARDINALS TO OPEN UP THE CHECKBOOK AND GET DOCKETT AND DANSBY SIGNED TO LONG TERM DEALS. AS FAR AS WHIZ GOES MR. BIDWELL NEEDS TO GIVE HIM A BLANK CONTRACT AND LET HIM FILL IN THE NUMBERS AND YEARS. A PACKERS FAN TOLD ME AT TAILGATE THAT WHIZ IS NOT A GREAT COACH-PLEASE HOW MANY OTHER GUYS HAVE BEEN HERE AND DONE NOTHING. YES WE HAD TALENT WHEN HE GOT HERE BUT HE HAS BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER AND MOST IMPORTANTLY HE HAS BUILT OUR 2ND TEAM. ALSO DARREN-IS IT POSSIBLE TO BUY TICKETS FROM THE CARDINALS FOR THE NO GAME. IF WE GO I WANT TO SIT IN CARDINALS SECTION IF POSSIBLE.

  14. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Red Bird —

    I don’t know if the Cards will have tickets available. I think you may have to go through the Saints.

  15. By TucsonTim on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/01/10/packers-cardinals-game-ends-in-officiating-controversy/

    whoops, but to be fair to the Ref when you watch it real time, esp. if you follow the ball, that would be ral easy to miss.

  16. By Feather on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,
    OMG!!!!! Is it just me or do we need to do something about Mcfadden #25. It seems like he plays to soft of coverage, and can’t make a tackle when the ball is thrown his direction which happens alot.
    ANY News for fans wanting to travel to the superdome??

  17. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Feather —

    Don’t have any traveling news yet. Don’t have any answers on McFadden; he looked like he had a tough day yesterday but then, so did every single defensive back on both teams.

  18. By Vivek on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Darren,

    Nice summary :). I am still reveling in yesterday’s win ! I did wonder several times why Michael Adams and Ralph brown were given extended playing times yesterday..don’t recall seeing them that often in the regular season games..Was that just a game-plan ? or is someone injured ? An GB’s onside kick ! that was the momentum changer..could you please provide how many times that play has been called ? It was as frustrating as the hack-a-shaq used in the NBA. Another thing I noticed was this tendency of our defensive (especially secondary) players to keep slipping !! At least 2 GB touchdowns came this way @#$. I wouldn’t credit GB offense to be that slick in laterals cuts…What was going on ??

  19. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Vivek —

    Given the way GB passes, the Cards used more dime packages than normal, and needed more DBs on the field.

    As for the slipping, Charles Woodson slipped once too. I wonder about the new turf put in for the Fiesta Bowl, and if that had an impact.

  20. By Sutton on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Warner is one of the top ten QB’s to ever play in the NFL. Check the record. Check his playoff and Super Bowl Stats—And he revived 2 franchises!

  21. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Living in Wisconsin for 38 of 39 years, this was my, “Super Bowl.” I’ve watched the Cards of the past give up on so many games like this, and to see them win a truly meaningful game on a national stage in the manner they did is so fulfilling for long-time fans like me. I hope we can go further this year, but if we don’t, the 2009 season will have been an overwhelming success in my mind. And we’re going to have a lot to be excited about in 2010.

    And to top it off, we have a coach that can cook possum stew better than Granny Clampett! The 33-7 loss in week 16 is the last time Whiz will have fooled me! 😉

    In Whiz we trust, but in Rod Graves and his staff we should also trust. I can’t think of a front office that has a better draft track record since the year the Cards drafted Larry Fitzgerald.

    And I would be remiss to say, in John Lott we trust. Big injuries at the absolute worst time have plagued this team from building momentum in the past, but Big John has been brilliant in keeping everyone strong and getting the most from their bodies as the season marches on week-in and week-out.

    Semper Fi Cardinals!

  22. By Steve W on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve never been more excited to be a Cards fan! Maybe even moreso than last year!! The network broadcasters kill me though, listening to their comments and their jinxes (yes, I’m more than a bit superstitious while watching the game) was driving me absolutely crazy.

    After muting the TV and finding a live broadcast on my wife’s laptop from KTAR, I happily watched the last quarter of the game while listening to the KTAR guys (and I love Ron Wolfley’s color comments, by the way) and thoroughly enjoyed the game. There’s a five or six second lag that takes getting used to (you see the play on TV before hearing them talk about it) but I’m definitely going this route next week against the Saints. I can’t take any more of those awful network commentators!

    GO CARDS!!! BEAT THOSE SAINTS!!!

  23. By cardsfaninwisconsin on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    as we lost the coin toss, i still wasn’t too worried…i knew our defense and coordinator would seal the deal! i just kept thinking to myself as everyone else was, they’re going to adams….i also kept thinking, that’s ok just keep playing hard….which he did, he may have been outplayed by experienced players on nearly every good green bay play. then i saw him creeping on the line…was confused why it wasn’t adrian…then i saw his burst, holy cow great game. the kid who got picked on finished them off, holy cow

  24. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Beanie Wells sure looked fresh, didn’t he? When most rookies have hit the wall after game 12 of their first NFL season, Beanie’s hitting his stride at the perfect time. And give all the credit to coach Whiz for knowing what he had and resisting the temptation to play him earlier in the season. Beanie got to learn and stayed fresh with his limited game action.

    Bill Cowher picked the Cardinals to win on CBS pregame show. Nobody else on CBS or FOX did (with the exception of Frank Caliendo). Cowher is the only national pundit that I am aware of who picked Whiz’s team to win. Does Cowher know something about Whiz that all the other talking heads don’t? I think so. I wonder if Whiz still talks to Coach Cowher, or if Coach Cowher has called to congratulate Whiz on this win.

    When Whiz retires from the game, he should seriously think about playing professional poker or getting his own TV illusion show – he’s the David Copperfield of NFL head coaches.

  25. By TucsonTim on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Feather,

    Any doubt which way Brees will be throwing?

  26. By Andrew on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I wasn’t aware that ESPN was highlighting Adams’ glancing of Rogers’ facemask on the final play. It does bring up the issue of the seemingly large number of plays in which there was contact and grasping of facemasks–most of which were not called. I am not talking only about stiff-arms, but plays on the line and between receivers and DB’s.

    The Cardinals better shore up their secondary if they want to keep playing. I know they got worn out and DRC was obviously at half-speed, but the inattention to fundaments (tackling and seeing the ball) is obvious and repeatedly a problem. Most of our cover guys are either a step slow, a few inches too short or a bit green. They seem to do better early in games before they get fatigued. Another reason to emphasize the running game.

  27. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darnell’s comments about Aaron Rodgers and his, “little belt” are just classic. I don’t think Aaron will be doing that again anytime soon. He’s a good guy and a humble guy, but he got burned there.

    In a little over 11 months, the Cardinals have played in two of the most memorable postseason games in NFL history. Talk about coming out of absolutely nowhere.

    The run game and the ability to control clock and keep the defense off the field as much as possible will be a big priority for everyone putting this week’s gameplan together. Yesterday’s game proved that statistics mean nothing, but for what it’s worth, the Saints are ranked 21st against the run (122 yards/game). The definitive evidence though is going to be the Saints game film. The Cowboys and several other teams this year came up with great gameplan for the Saints. The Saints will be rested, but will their timing be where it needs to be, especially for a playoff game. They might stutter early knocking the rust off, so getting an early lead again will be important.

    Great to see Larry and Breston running wild like they did last postseason. Deja-vu all over again in their first playoff game this season.

    Great to see John Lott running up and down the sidelines and sharing in the excitement. He’s the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the Energizer Bunnies out there.

    Semper Fi Cardinals!

  28. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    All the traditionalists who argue that there should be NO change in the overtime rules and propose that it is up to the defense to stop the offense so they can give their offense a crack at it now have a lot more ammo for their argument after Sunday’s game.

  29. By CardLogic on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    In response to Vivek – Throughout the season Matt Ware had been the first choice as the Nickle DB. Adams and Brown are getting more playing time since Matt Ware was injured several weeks ago and is out for the remainder of the season.

  30. By fitness dan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Well when I heard Nugent was being vut I said stupid !
    And if I was Nugent I would being calling the coach and saying hey I would have made that kick .

    Ok on the whole facemask on rodgers that greenbay screaming about.

    That makes no difference even if the ref called facemask the play would still stand .

    And the penalty would only effect the next play,since game over no next play.

    Awesome Game !!!

    Hey why isn’t jerheme urban Playing ?

  31. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Fitness —

    Jerheme played yesterday.

  32. By fitness dan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Sorry Well when I heard Nugent was being cut I said stupid! not Vut need a edit button here !!

  33. By Joe-B on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    That was one of the best games I have ever seen.

  34. By fitness dan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    By the way Greenbay remember the Super Bowl last play warner lost the ball same way Rodger did.

    It was a int pass there and it happen twice this season and everytime time the refs called it a fumble.

    But now Green Bay want to call Rodger’s arm was going forward too ? You lose get over it Cardinals have had ref cheat them so many time it stupid .

  35. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Fitness —

    Even if Rodgers’ arm was going forward, it wouldn’t matter. The ball never hit the ground, so it would just be an interception and not a fumble (and I would guess there is still a chance Elias could make that scoring change anyway).

  36. By Joe2 on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    The Cards have gotten stuffed several times this season trying to run on 3rd down and one, and Warner is not real good at QB sneaks, either.

    Please, Coach Whiz, hand the ball to Nine-0 in the backfield. The team (and the fans) would go nuts.

  37. By Eddie on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I know that Money Mike had a rough day today.. but Whiz needs to look at the tape at McFadden’s play as well. It felt like every time the Cards Secondary was getting beat #25 had either fallen down or missed a tackle or just plain got beat. That needs to be taken care of quickly because your #2 corner CANNOT be playing like a #3 or #4 corner. I feel like that needs to be one of Whiz’s main points this week.

  38. By John on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I keep hearing about this “face mask” at the end of that play..but the refs missed a few calls on the packers too. I think there were 2 different plays where Warner had a blow to the head and the refs missed that too. I wonder if there will be any minor fines given out for that.

  39. By Montanacardsfan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I totally agree about the comentators! At one point when we were up 17-0 they asked Aikman what he thought . . . he couldn’t give kudos to the Cards only said GB needed to find their rhythm. . it’s like they were totally scripted to tout the Pack and were speechless when the Cards were kicking butt. . .really made me mad.

    Lots of missed calles on both sides from the refs!

  40. By ryan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    What a game, i have the biggest headache today and my ears are still ringing from that game.

    Darren, is McFadden ok after smashing into Wilson in the 4th qtr?

    In my opinion the O-line gets the game ball, they protected kurt so well.

    Its clear as night and day now, Beanie needs to get 90% of the carries, he is just so dominant and can break the “big one” on any given play. Timmy will be a heck of a back up.

  41. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Ryan —

    No new injuries were reported. I’d expect McFadden is OK.

    Whiz did say it was the offensive line’s best game of the year.

  42. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Michael Adams – What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

    What a great show of character. You never surrendered and you never gave up on yourself and your team. As Whiz said, there’s a reason why you are on this team.

    Rest up and study hard – we’re going to need you next week!

  43. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Awesome Dockett on-field interview with NFL.com below. Dockett calls it the way he sees it and that’s what I love about him. The guy is fearless and scary good. He needs to be our #1 priority this offseason. A true leader with his words and play. Just awesome. Gotta get me a copy of his jersey!

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/09000d5d815a624c/Dockett-interview

    Semper Fi Cardinals!

  44. By James Sancto (the English Cardinal) on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Yet again the point I made weeks ago after the Titans game. We love the Cardinals because they always keep games interesting and we enjoy the fluctuating emotional charge, although it is strenuous.

    That is what make the Cards the Cards after all, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

    GO CARDS!!!!!
    We Do This Together.

  45. By James Sancto (the English Cardinal) on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I had to stay up all night to watch as well; my gosh it was worth it.

  46. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    What I really like about Whiz, and I think it gets overlooked a lot, is that he was a former NFL player (played under Joe Gibbs who was pretty good). That experience as a former player and offensive coordinator of a team that won the Super Bowl, is proving a potent combination. He knows what a sixteen game season can do to the body and mind. And now, after 2+ years with the Cardiac Cards, I don’t think there is any emotion he hasn’t experienced. LOL!

    He’s a player’s coach, and as Darren has said before, he throws his guys plenty of bones, and his players have proven more than eager to bring them back. Respect!

  47. By Matt in Philly on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I was thinking during the game, and the Cohwer comment earlier reminded me, that it’s likely that Whiz had some dirt on this team from his old Steeler buddies who had a lot of success against Green Bay. Either that, or he just knew what film to watch. We used a lot of the same ideas that thy did (i.e. passes over the middle of the field off the Fitgerald double teams). I mean how many of those passes were grabbed right over the middle?

  48. By devon on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren, can you please talk coach into letting Dockett run the ball at least once in the read zone. I dont know how effective it will be but i just want that Fathead for my dorm room! Thank you sir, and btw cardinals underground is one of the highlights of my week.

  49. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Devon —

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on a Dock carry. This was the press conference today:

    Me: “Darnell says he wants the ball now.”
    Whiz (with a smile): “Darnell says a lot of things.”

  50. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Packers-Cardinals earns best TV rating since ’99…

    The wild Packers-Cardinals game Sunday earned the highest television rating for a first-round playoff game since 1999. Arizona’s 51-45 overtime win on Fox drew a 21.8 rating and 36 share, the best since a 24.2/40 for a Packers-49ers game. The Ravens’ rout of the Patriots on CBS earned a 19.4…

    http://host.madison.com/sports/football/

  51. By TucsonTim on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    I know the whole O-line played well, but Bridges needs to get a little love. I haven’t seen the tape, but the during the plays I watched Bridges on Matthews, Bridges was awesome. I saw him put Matthews on the ground a couple times and I noticed Matthews moving to the other side. Maybe that was the plan or maybe he was just frustrated. Green Bay Gazette wrote an article on Bridges and Matthews a few days ago:

    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20100108/PKR01/100108160/1989/GPG02

    It put a smile on my face

  52. By tom manoogian on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    i’ve been a cardinal fan for over 40 years,thought i was having a heart attack at the end of the game,and rackers would have been sent the hospital bill,but one thing i think about overtime.some may think this is just stupid because if you kick out of the end zone they start from the 20,but my thought is if the team who gets the the ball first and kicks a FIELD GOAL,the other team should have a chance to get kickoff with a chance they can get a field goal,OR TOUCHDOWN TO WIN.NOW IF TEAM RECEIVING OT KICKOFF SCORES A TOUCHDOWN,GAME OVER.IF FOR SOME REASON ONE TEAM WINS THE TOSS AND ELECTS TO PLAY DEFENSE FIRST,then,A FIELD GOAL WOULD BE A WINNER SINCE THEY CHOSE NOT TO TAKE THE BALL.JUST A THOUGHT,that was a big win,now let’s go to big easy,oh by the way,my wife is saints biggest fan,it’s going to be long week for her,probably have to buy her something to ease her pain of disappointment.

  53. By Armond Gauthier on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Finally some ink from the east coast sports writers who generally ignore the Cards no matter what they do. And, Aiken and Buck spent most of the second half on Fox talking about what a great qb Aaron Roger is (and he is), while Kurt Warner just kicked their butt! Bring on the Saints!

  54. By fitness dan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    darrenurban .. True my point was that Sport media cry foul on that play with the face mask. I am just saying no matter the game over not next play to throw a flag for .!

  55. By fitness dan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Montanacardsfan – Yes agree that all wanted Green Bay to win.I hate the way the sport media treats the Cardinals and Warner, ever ask yourself why the Over Rated Manning gets all the attention and MVPs and Commerials. RB Johnson should of won MVO this year.Sports media is all about TMZ type populaity .

    But just keep thinking they will lose sports media.Like last year then will be in the Super Bowl !!

  56. By Gambling Danny on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Ottis Anderson Fan

    The Networks don’t have a clue about the cardinals and warner.

    Like St. Louis market where cardinals once were, we never get the broadcast of cardinals in Regular season games.(I have to buy the directv football package )

    Yet Warner is huge in St.Louis . They had one Cardinals game braodcast a few weeks back and network cut to another game in the middle of Cardinals game.

    The St.Louis fans were very very Upset !!

    Network could not understand why ? Clueless !!

  57. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Darren,

    Did Wolfley say, “NO!”, “OH!”. or “DOH!” during that last playcall when Dansby recovered the fumble and ran in for the TD?

    Wolf took a bit of a good-natured ribbing for that late last night on ESPN national radio (who believed Wolf said, “NO!”)

  58. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Ottis —

    I haven’t heard the call.

  59. By Gambling Danny on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Oh! Darren I hate your comment In Whiz we Trust ?

    Bad thing to say .. Ask Warner It’s

    IN GOD WE TRUST !!!

  60. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Gambling Danny —

    I’m somewhat surprised you are saying that, given your name would seem to conflict with such a stance.

  61. By Card4L1fe on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Holy Cow!!! Its 7pm the next day and I’m just now catching my breath. Cardiack Cards all over again but now days we know how it will turn out. I send one out to all the players as well as coach Wiz and his staff that has brought pride to the Cards and the great state of Arizona. Keep the RED TRAIN ROLLING GUYS.
    I cant wait until Saturday.
    PS: how is Boldin coming along

  62. By darrenurban on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Card4Life —

    Anquan is a wait-and-see again this week.

  63. By Former Steeler Fan on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Did I see tight ends catch TWO passes on Sunday???????????

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Did the Offensive Coordinator (oh, that’s Whiz) actually call for passes to the tight ends?????????

    I know. I know. The wide receivers were catching balls all over the field also.

    THROW THE XXXX BALL TO THE TIGHT ENDS ALSO.

  64. By Joe2 on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    How would you expect Whiz to answer that question about a Dockett carry? Even if he had the play drawn up, he wouldnt tip his hand.

    I dont care — I’m still holding out for Darnell in the backfield. I mean come on, imagine first and goal from the one with Nine-0 in the wildcat getting a direct snap. Hell, man, who would dare get in his way? He’d knock down the damn goalpost. Oh wait, he tried that once…

  65. By Steve on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    Any word on whether Grimm will interview for the Bills before the Saints or wait till the end of the season?

    I hate to see him go but with what he has done with our O-line and run game he deserves a shot.

    Denver radio today all they talked about is letting L. Davis go and how good O-linemen are never let go. Bridges may not be a Pro Bowler but he has played well and doesn’t cost what the Cowboys had to pay for Davis to play guard. We owe that to Grimm!

  66. By darrenurban on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    Steve —

    I don’t even know if Grimm will interview. He has always said he won’t leave unless it’s the right situation, and I’m not sure Buffalo is the “right” situation.

  67. By Eazy E on Jan 11, 2010 | Reply

    That is one of the best playoff games ever!!! Kurt Warner played perfect football, 5 tds and 4 incompletions. The running game ran all over the #1 ranked run defense. 156 yds beanie is taking over that 42 yard run was powerful. He had 91 of those 156. Larry beasted on charles woodson 6 rec. 82 yds 2 tds I hate Boldin didnt play but breaston played really well in his place 7 rec. 125 yds td early doucet played extremely well also with 6 rec. 77 yds 2 tds. Our o-line played terrific, kurt didnt get touched, save for the clay matthews strip on the flea flicker that the cards recovered. Now before i talk about the defense, they did play well in the first half. It was the 2nd half that wasnt good. They had 5 sacks(dockett,berry(2), okeafor, and the game winner from ”money” mike. We got pressure all day long. We didnt cover and our tackling wasnt good either. Don’t single out b-mac or rolle or wilson or drc our whole secondary didnt have a good game. We didnt cover finley either. On To The Boot(NO), they have weapons just like green bay and a great qb like gb, but arizona torched a good d in green bay and the saints d isnt nearly as good, so d get ready rest up improve technique and tackle better and hopefully and im praying that q plays for another big weapon to add to kurt’s arsenal.

  68. By Betsy Noce on Jan 12, 2010 | Reply

    We are from Ohio and have loved the Cardinals since moving here 4 years ago. I just love watching Beanie Wells and Steve Breaston! Those Big Ten guys were Big play makers in College and we should expect nothing else from them now! Just wait till Beanie really has his game. We will soon be seeing over 100 yard gains every game just from him! They expected Big at Ohio State and he delivered Big. So it’s time for Whiz to let him loose! Go Beanie Go, yeah and Steve too!

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