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Posted by Darren Urban on December 22, 2013 – 9:59 pm

It was a must-win game and everyone knew that. The playoffs were only possible with a victory, and the Cards got that. But it felt like more. For all the success the Cardinals had this season, there was a reason Bruce Arians called the trip to Seattle a barometer. Were the Cardinals in purgatory, a good team but a notch below Seattle and San Francisco? Now we have an answer.

It’s a far cry from the 58-0 pasting from a year ago. Everyone knew that wasn’t going to happen again. Last year’s team was out of it by the time it got to Seattle and that played a major role in last year’s meltdown. This team is in a totally different place. This team believes it can win. This team is confident enough to bring Skittles to the sideline – the favorite treat of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch – and break them out (picture below) at the end of a rugged victory in which Lynch was neutralized in the second half.

Arians downplayed last year’s game in Seattle, but he slipped in a postgame reference: “I guess we are 66 points better than last year,” Arians quipped. The math says it was really 65, but you get the point.

– “Any time you come on the road and a team beats you 58-0 and you’ve got to go back to their place, it lingers in the back of your head,” defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. “If you’ve got any pride or care about football, when a team beats you 58-0, you think about it. And it stuck with us. People ask, ‘You get a butt-whupping, does it stay on you a while?’ That one stayed on us for a whole year. We were determined not to let that ever happen again.”

– Playoff update, in a nutshell: If the 49ers win Monday night, the Cards have to win against San Francisco next week and hope the Saints lose – at home – to Tampa Bay. If the 49ers lose Monday night, the winner of Arizona and San Francisco is in the playoffs.

– Carson Palmer has thrown at least three interceptions in a game twice this season. He is 2-0 in those games. Sunday, he beat the Seahawks with four picks. And he beat the Panthers with three.

– Palmer was not on target most of the game. He threw too many interceptions. But he never should’ve been benched, despite what seemed like a constant call from the fanbase. He wasn’t the main reason the Cards won Sunday but he was a reason when he piloted the final drive. And he’s been good enough to win 10 games.

– Defensively, the Cardinals were outstanding. I am of the belief Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate and the Cards made him look very much like an overwhelmed second-year quarterback Sunday.

– Of the Seahawks’ 14 possessions, 12 were of four plays or fewer. Nine gained nine yards or less.

– The Seahawks had won 26 straight games – dating back to 2001 – when they forced at least four turnovers. Until Sunday.

– So a Washington state lawmaker decided to tweet out (since deleted, of course) that the Seahawks’ loss to the Cardinals was worse because the state is a “racist wasteland.” Alrighty then.

Oh, here’s the radio call of Spanish play-by-play voice Gabriel Trujillo on Michael Floyd’s touchdown.

– Linebacker Karlos Dansby had six tackles, missed one early interception but made the big one at the end, and postgame was classic Karlos. “I am putting my name in the hat. Defensive player of the year,” he said. “You are looking at him. No one is playing better. That is how I feel. I am going to hang my hat on that. I am going to go out there and make my statements and I put one out today.”

– The officials weren’t on their ‘A’ game again. Both teams had issues. The Cardinals shouldn’t have had a first-and-20 after Frostee Rucker’s unsportsmanlike penalty after a kickoff, and they certainly weren’t happy with the flag on the extra point that negated a Seahawks miss. The Seahawks didn’t like, among other things, the Rashard Mendenhall fumble-that-wasn’t or the final Dansby did-it-hit-Baldwin’s-arm-or-the-ground interception.

– The offensive line, I thought, played pretty well. They opened up lanes on the ground and the Cardinals ran the ball well. The game was won up front on both sides. That’s something the defensive line has come to expect. The offensive line, that’s a nice victory.

The postseason may be out of their hands, but Sunday will make Christmas be a little bit nicer for the Cards.

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51 Responses to “Seahawks aftermath”

  1. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Agreed that there shouldn’t be any calls for Carson to be benched. When you’ve won 7 of 8, you don’t mess with things.

    That said, I hope Drew Stanton gets a good look next year during training camp. Carson isn’t getting any younger, and while he’s been good this year, he owes a lot to the defense for picking him up after his turnovers. Stanton could be the QB of this team’s future, but we’ll never know until he gets a chance. Of course, that chance is his to earn next year by beating out the competition.

  2. By andystandsup on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Merry Christmas Darren and Cardinal fans everywhere.
    Nice present Santa left under the tree.

  3. By Javy Montoya on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    F#$% the Sleezehawks and Pete Carroll’s grey a@# big head. The Forty Whiners are next. Beat that a$%! CARDINALS FOOTBALL!

  4. By MartinK on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Darren,
    We won that game and it wasn’t pretty. We don’t have a dominating offensive line. Carson Palmer is the hero of our team as he was the hero for the Raiders last year. He ended the Raider’s season with 4000+ yards and a punctured lung before the last game of the season. He needed to win this game and he did without regard for his personal well being. I saw him throw off balance while he was getting hit and I saw him run for his life today. Nobody in their right mind should question him because of interceptions coming off deflections. I am proud of him and I think it is time to embrace him. There are a lot of plays that did not happen this year and maybe we will not end up in the payoffs. But we have a real team now and I can guarantee you that nobody wants to play us going forward.

  5. By jakeplummersghost on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Hell Yeah.

  6. By Rick on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Wow that was an intense game I am definitely going to the game Sunday to help boo the 49ers out of our stadium. Playoffs or not this team can finally compete with ANYBODY ANYWHERE. GO CARDS!!!

  7. By Macht on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I was on the edge off my seat all day! Cardinal Pride!!! Though, One thing that still won’t leave my mind is Peterson not focused on that fumble, come on man can’t stop playing until that whistle blows, not a mature play.

  8. By victor on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Ohh look at Dan enjoying the time in that photo, great thing to see.

    What a great christmas gift we received, let’s hope the falcons win tomorrow against the niners and decide everything next sunday at our stadium.

    Awesome win but it really makes me angry how the national media doesn’t cover our accomplishments, imagine if the cowboys where the team that won this game against seattle, we would have to hear about that for a whole year for sure

  9. By Amir on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Remember Kurt Warner? Now a hero… This same fickle fan base wanted Warner’s head and wanted to crucify him after his first year with fumbalitis problem. Or his five pick game against Carolina.

    Palmer is not great but he is one of the steady factors in these wins. Not all four picks were his faults, two were tipped.

    And those asking for Stanton are smoking something. He is a career backup.

    With a season under the belt with Arians’ offense and another off season to get the remaining kinks out, this offense is going to be a lot better.

    Having said that, we do need to draft a QBotF in next couple of years.

  10. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    Russell Wilson finished with basically the same QB rating as Palmer did. He completed even fewer of his passes (and our pass D is not as good as our run D whereas the Seahawks have the top pass D and the most INT’s of any team). I don’t think anyone in Seatlle’s fan base was calling for the benching of Wilson. I wish some of these fickle Cardinals fans would realize that while we may not have an elite, top 5 QB, we have a former #1 OA pick, a career starter with a career completion percentage over 60%, and on the bench we have a career backup. You don’t bench your main guy because he’s having a bad game, when he’s had a QB rating of around 100 for around a 2-month period.

    And let’s break down the picks. On the Housler pass in the end zone, Palmer threw it behind him… because that was the safe place to throw the ball with the defender on the other side. How’s Palmer supposed to know Housler is going to tip it up? The throw to Fitz on the third drive was a bad decision, but it was also 3rd and 13 on the 36… if he throws an incompletion we’re punting anyway. A nice 5 or 6 yard gain and we kick a FG, but I don’t have a huge problem when a guy tries to force it a bit on 3rd and long when the alternative is likely a punt on the next play anyway. Third INT was a tip… sure, it’s Palmer’s fault it got tipped, but tipped balls happen all the time and it was just dumb luck that one got intercepted, just like it was dumb luck when we forced a fumble that rolled 10 yards forward right into the hands of another Seahawk. Stuff happens. And then you have the last INT — again on 3rd and long — where there was immediate pressure and Palmer lofted up in the general direction of Floyd. Floyd then stumbled in the opposite direction and the ball went right to Sherman. Was it a bad decision? Yes, I’m not making excuses for Palmer. But I’d much rather see that kind of INT — trying to give our guy a chance to make a play on 3rd and long when the alternative is taking a sack and bringing out the FG team — than a poor decision on 1st and 10.

  11. By jstn on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    this was offense line all the way, you guys were awesome, you guys are a wall of iron, wow!!! Defense you guys are pure champs. Palmer is a real deal QB, real deal athlete, absolutely true grit!!!

  12. By jaime on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    stop with qb talk, palmer is the man he will be for years, lets get onto winning now!!! Palmer 1000%!!!

  13. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I think we caught a break on a couple of those calls but in both cases even Mike Peirera agreed that you didn’t see enough to overturn the call on the field. And those were bang-bang plays… you can’t expect the officials to be perfect with the naked eye. I have a lot less problem with them getting a couple of those kinds of calls wrong (and who knows if they really were wrong — both plays withstood a review) than I do with screwing up something like giving us a first-and-20 after a penalty on a kickoff, or calling a cheap holding away from the ball on Mathieu when you’ve been letting guys be physical the entire game.

  14. By UK cards fan on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Playoffs or not, this has been a very fun season.. I know it’s a little premature to look into the offseason, but I really hope we manage to restructure Fitz and Dockett so we can resign Dansby, he and Calais have carried our front seven.

  15. By Dennis on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Great win today and certainly cause for future optimism; but it won’t matter if we don’t re-sign the players that made this winning season possible.

  16. By BluePitt on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    PP21 needs to grow up a touch… watching the jumbotron while the ball is live is a rooky pre Madonna thing to do. Demanding your players help you up like he did was just as immature. If you don’t get a hand up just get up! don’t sit their and flop your hands like you are a KING!!!

  17. By Amir on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Great, great win today!! I’m so jacked right now… Let’s beat 9ers next week. It will be a shame not to get into the dance with 11-5. As Fitz said, I believe we can beat anyone right now and can go deep into playoffs, if we get in.

  18. By Brad on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Two Palmer intercepts were tipped, both those tipped interceptions were his fault, the one to Housler in the endzone, poor accuracy, he threw behind Housler, the pass was a metre off target, Houslers defender actually slipped and was on the ground, Palmer throws it accurately it’s an easy TD, Housler tried to reach back to save the play but couldn’t. The other, by Palmer’s admission, he tried to throw in the ground, but that was a very poor decision, he tried to throw the ball into the ground low past a number of Seahawk defenders, that was a mistake. Then the interception to Sherman when passing to Fitz, well who knows why he threw that pass, he was triple covered. The interception to Floyd was forgivable for sure, pressure in his face he tried a jump ball to Floyd and looks like Floyd came back instead of continuing on his route for the jump ball, so not Palmers fault on that one. Hey I’m not saying Palmer should have been benched, in Seattle when Palmer had all the snaps in training you don’t throw Stanton in the pit like that, but be honest guys, the two tip intercepts were Palmers fault, and one of the others was a poor decision. He had a bad game, call it like it is, I’m not saying Palmer shouldn’t be our QB, he’s the best we got right now, but call it like it is. Lets hope he plays better next week, he has had some awesome games, and we need one of them against the 49ers…

  19. By Dave Chaney on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    I have already commented on how magnificent this team is playing and amazing how quickly they have jelled into a playoff contender after a slow start. Regardless of the outcome next week, they have given new life to their fan base and made watching them very exciting. My hat is off to everyone involved from the players on up through the ownership. I only have one more pre-Christmas wish…let’s win ONE MORE!

    PS: How about Coach Arians for Coach of the Year and Karlos Dansby for Defensive Player of the Year!!

  20. By Dave Chaney on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Oh…by the way, I’m sure everyone is noticing how our fantastic season is being almost totally ignored by the media talking heads. All I hear is Cowboys, Bears, Packers, etc…give me a huge break, please. The boys are still playing like boys and you heard what Terry Bradshaw said yesterday after their “great” win…”neither team is that good, so what does it mean?” lol.

  21. By jasonc on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Georgiebird/HunterSThompson/Cardsalltheway-

    Tell me again how we can’t compete with the NFC west and the Russell Wilson’s of the division? I hate to say I told you so….but, I TOLD YOU SO! We are a good team and a solid defense and we can beat anyone on any given Sunday.

  22. By LadyBird04 on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Watching Peterson on that fumble – not only was he looking the wrong way, not playing to the whistle – he was looking up at the jumbotron….WHAT?

    Housler- maybe he can whine about his groin, but come on man – the ball hit you in the chest – AGAIN – catch the ball. On an earlier pass from Palmer he looked surprised the ball was coming his way. Noticed, we didn’t see much (If anything) of him the rest of the game.

  23. By Rich on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Great Win! Defense and Oline get the kudos.

  24. By Rich on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Housler was appropriately “mia” after his 2nd bungled reception. He just lacks consistency. Dray and Ballard make a solid, versatile pair. Dray a “jack of all trades”, Ballard a blocker. Both run good routes and have sure hands. We still need some speed and big play ability at the position and Housler just isn’t there consistently. We’ll definitely need to draft a TE fairly high.

  25. By johnnybluenose on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    A great win. A tremendous defensive stand on the goal-line and not for the first time this year. Our defense did a great all day, including Jefferson and Casson, the “next up” gang. Everyone contributed and played with confidence. Hats off to them and to Todd Bowles. Hats off to Carson Palmer who hung in there and made the big throw to Floyd and stayed calm despite the interceptions. We deserved to win this game. It was no fluke. We left points out there on the field. It really is a shame that the Saints could not have held off the Panthers. Our backs are truly against the wall but, who knows? Some improbable results occurred on the way to the SuperBowl in ’09. Maybe lightning strikes twice. Let us hope so. Keep going!!!!

  26. By red bird of death! on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Ok Amazing win we are as good as I thought we were, now beat 49ers next week and let things be what they are. I don’t know why people keep bringing up Stanton as a qb option of the future, he’s a back up that’s his job he’s a good SECOND option he’s NOT a STARTER he’s also in his 4th year I think Palmer is here to stay for a while at least 2 more years if he can win 10 games for us then he’s staying they will look for the future in the draft if Stanton was so awesome he would be starting for JaX or Tenn Or Houston c’mon people.We should all rejoice we got a 10-5 record after 3 terrible years post Warner , with CPalmer go figure, Warner said he was a good fit for us 2 years ago in an interview but or org at the time was smoking banana peels.

  27. By cardsalltheway on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    A great game! Very entertaining, the best since the Feb. 2009 Super Bowl. I’m going to watch it again.

  28. By PotAsh on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    PP21 was pulling off his best Tomlin-I-look-good-on-the-jumbotron move.

    Great win by the Cards. What a gutsy win. This is what I love seeing – the never give up attitude. Fighting till the end of the 4th quarter. Killer instinct.

    Great coaching job, well executed. Especially in defense.

    Todd Bowles – Stay in AZ please! Don’t take a HC job yet. Win a ring with the Cards first, yeah?

  29. By Eric G on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Fantastic win and I think Arians secures a coach of the year should the Cards win next week. Palmer wasn’t pretty, but remember this is the Seahawks.

    Darren,
    I know it’s premature to talk about, but I was just wondering how the draft position thing works out based on whether the Cards are in the playoffs or not. If they do win and don’t make it, do they draft 20 with the playoff teams underneath them, or do they draft based on season record with teams like the Bears and Eagles drafting before them (should they win their divisions) because their record was worse?

  30. By Eric G on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Call that one the Immaculate Interception

  31. By Tucson Card on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Beautiful. The defensive line went ham. Palmer, like a boss, throws the game winning touchdown after throwing 4 picks. I’ll be doing some tebowing tonight.

  32. By clssylssy on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    What a bunch of fickle and fair weather fans who want to bench Palmer??? So, he threw four interceptions! Everybody, even Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, throw interceptions and you don’t hear their fans whining and calling for their head on a platter! What is important is how the QB weathers adversity and holds up under pressure. Carson Palmer has proven to be steady and focused, an excellent leader, and as good as Kurt was under pressure, plus he is younger, and tougher than he is given credit for. His showing in Seattle was far superior to that of Drew Brees in the same setting with the same distractions etc., and he was playing hurt! I can’t imagine the WhoDat Nation turning on Brees the way some Cards fans have… and we actually won! This was an AMAZING example of a team effort with contributions from everyone. The defense was lights out and gave the offense opportunities to put points up, and Carson Palmer came through when we needed him to with that to TD to Floyd. Justin Bethel was disruptive (with little to no credit) and members of our offense were often playing defensively to open up routes so were more under the radar. The play calling was FANTASTIC and BA came out on top in this match with Carroll. We made a lot of mistakes but so did our opponent and considering who we were playing, the hostile environment and the pressure of a division rival with playoff implications,’ bottom line, we prevailed and got the W! But, it was just that kind of game. As was pointed out Russell Wilson didn’t fare any better than Palmer ! We are going to need to learn from the things we did wrong this week and eliminate the errors in order to beat the 9ers and NOT ALLOW THEM TO WIN IN OUR HOUSE! I still consider the 9ers to be the tougher of the two with the Hawks, a much better road team who will be rabid and focused on getting back to claim the Lombardi they lost last year. Having had the ultimate victory snatched from us in the final 1:35 in ’08, I know Dansby, Dockett, Fitz, and Sandelin are craving that same taste and are doing a great job bringing the younger guys along while staying focused on winning the next game. GREAT GAME. LOVE THESE GUYS! LET’S ENJOY THE WIN!

  33. By SteveG on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    The 49’ers and Hawks both act like bullies on the field..They have earned that right and it is how our team responds to their attitude that matters…

    The Cards punched them solidly in the mouth and we are now their equals as a ‘tough, hard nosed physical team”…THAT is the biggest thing I took from the game…We will not be out physicaled, out muscled or cowed by anyone anywhere….That has not always been the fact.

    Keim said it would be his 3rd year before he gets the payroll where he wants it to be…IMO that means the Cards, much like the Suns (How much fun are THEY to watch, huh?) are ahead of schedule..

    This team and organization has got it’s act together and we are seeing the results…

    While it seems unlikely we get to the promised land this year, I suspect that we have some real FUN times to look forward to in the very near future (Has the date for camp to open been set yet? (too soon?))

    GREAT game for many reasons, but to me..Kicking the “bully” right in the mouth was IT!!!

  34. By dan on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Rob Housler needs to develop mental toughness, and work on his hands. If Carlos is catching 130 balls a day, then Rob should be catching 260. We need your speed buddy!! … but you’re gonna end up taking the path of Beanie Wells if you don’t get your act together.

  35. By Darren Urban on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Eric G —

    RE: Playoffs/Draft

    The teams that make the playoffs all draft after the teams that do not, regardless of record.

  36. By georgiebird on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Great win by the Cardinals- no doubt about it. Against all odds, the Cardinals won a game against all odds. The win rivals the 38-0 thumping of the Super Bowl Cowboys in the 1970 season.
    Just a great job by Arians to reverse last year’s 58-0 debacle- Arians without a doubt should be Coach of the Year.

  37. By ztjones on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Not sure if it has been mentioned yet but Jerraud Powers deserves a lot of credit for his performance yesterday. Although he didn’t get any turnovers or make any flashy plays, he consistently broke up passes and was all over his guy the entire game. Props to him for being this week’s unsung hero.

  38. By georgiebird on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    The only person on this blog who deserves credit today is NICK PEPE. While everyone was talking “what ifs”, Nick was the only one to pick the Cardinals to win and he did it with conviction. So congratulations to Nick.
    After the win, we get a lot of guys to give you the “I told you so”. But Nick is the only one who should be telling everyone “I told you so”- but maybe Nick has too much class to say it.

  39. By Peterincanaa on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    If somebody had offered 10-5 with one to go back in July there would hardly be a soul who would have refused it. The entire organization have done a magnificent job regardless of what happens next week. We play in by far the best division in the NFL and we deserve to be in the playoffs. If it happens great but if it does not it will not ruin my admiration for Arians Keim the players and the rest of the staff.

  40. By Dynosoar on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    I believe (and am open to correction) that Warner threw 5 interceptions and the very next week threw for the NFL record for completion percentage. Since we have the 49ers next week and it’s possible (though I still believe we are in the playoffs) that it’s the last week of our season.

    Here’s to Palmer having a follow up week like Kurt had. I’d love to see KC take second place in the next Super Bowl with the Cardinals taking the Lombardi back to Phoenix for at least a two year stay.

    I’m on the edge of my seat to see what happens next.

  41. By joe67 on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Was that a Dockett sighting, blocking on the Ellington 26 yard run?

    We beat the best team in the league, on their turf, with something for both on the line. Dang proud of our guys. On expert picked us, out of…dozens and dozens, Love it.

    Never in this game did I feel we’d lose… the Cardinals resolve was palpable. In fact, felt we shouda won by 14…

    Game balls to Secondary…but entire D, esp after Tenn game!

    Merry Christmas to everyone in the Cardsdom.

  43. By Tim Roberts on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Ok, first year for everybody on this team and its a 10-5 season?! I’m not a smart man, but that’s a recipe for “forward progress” if I’ve ever heard one. The team bought into what Coach Arians was selling and guess what? We’re now 10-5 looking at San Fran at HOME and they way the last game played out, it could possibly be a win for us. Whether or not Palmer threw four interceptions or not is irrelevant right now. After the last few years, and I’m not speaking bad about Coach Whiz here because I did like him, but the fact that we’re looking at possibly being 11-5 is something to build on and something to focus on instead of Palmer throwing 4 picks. Can he bring it down, sure. With time in the system and more time getting comfortable with it.

    I’m excited about the possibility of the guys getting into the play-offs after a four year absence. And even if they don’t make it, then its ok to me after the kind of turn around they’ve made. Just the simple fact that they have a chance is exciting!! Go Cardinals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. By sunday on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    We beat the Hawks all of the sudden i see so called themselves specialist talking about Russel not playing well the last five games.Really..NO is because we are the best defence in the NFC west period thus why.

  45. By Chuck 1 on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Where, oh where, is the chest-thumping Chicken Feathers’ fan who invaded Darren’s blog before the game and wrote smack?

    Come on back. We want to read what’s on your mind.

  46. By Canadian Redbird on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Darren:

    Could you clarify the Levi Brown trade as to whether or not the Cards will receive a draft choice in return; there was some talk that there would be no compensation based on the fact that Levi sustained an injury in Pittsburgh during pre season.
    Its good to get Rashad Johnson back however Tony Jefferson from Oklahoma seems to be the real deal as well. Great to have depth at some of those key positions. Love watching that smash mouth defence in action. Those guys love playing for Bowles. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a one an out for Todd with so many head coaching openings at season’s end.
    No matter what happens next week, this season has delivered so many success stories along the way; its been fun following Arizona’s team. Good luck vs. the 49’ers. Thanks for doing a great job covering the football team.

  47. By Darren Urban on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    Canadian–

    RE: Levi

    Because Levi never played a down, the Cardinals will not get a pick.

  48. By Corgon on Dec 23, 2013 | Reply

    OK, BA has some work to do, but we can cheer! So go……Falcons (just this once)….they are red birds from a certain angle :)

  49. By Marcelof on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply

    Cards could have a better path to playoffs nowadays… Levi should have gone earlier!

    *that penalty call on Floyd against Eagles should have been called

    *a 15-yard ridiculous personal foul on a 3rd down should never been called in favor of Carolina vs Saints

    *another 3rd down defensive pass inference should never been called yesterday night.

    I’m not blaming the ref.. directly I mean… but Cads lack of luck at some points, should Cards have won that St. Louis opening game, they’d be deciding their own destiny.

    It’s hard to move forward to playoffs this season!
    2014 will be awesome!

  50. By jasonc on Dec 24, 2013 | Reply

    Oh Georgie-

    You’re a funny person. It is a fact that I have posted all over this blog after the back to back losses to SF and Seattle earlier this season that we not only could compete with the NFC west, but that we could beat these teams.

  51. By Cardsfan1955 on Dec 25, 2013 | Reply

    Great win and I hope it can happen again next week! I personally agree with Clssylssy that the 49ers are a dangerous team and are in my opinion a tougher team than Seattle. This said, the Cards D can handle them! Over confidence will need to be avoided at all costs. This game needs to be treated like the Superbowl, with a great game plan on both sides of the ball to get it done. Whether we go to the playoffs or win next Sunday, the Cards have had a remarkable season – one to remember! No, we don’t get much press, but does it matter? We are a small market team (whatever that means) and that is probably the reason. I honestly think the lack of love shown to us helps in some ways, but at some point you have to abandon the underdog status and become the big dog. I believe that our beloved Cards are on their way to that – let’s get that 11th win this week and let the playoffs fall where they may. After all, if we don’t win, it won’t matter! GO CARDS!!!

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