16 regular season games — done. Three playoff rounds — done.
It has all come down to this. The Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers have worked their way through 2008 and must fight each other for the right to become World Champions.
Sunday, 4:00 p.m. MST
ARIZONA CARDINALS vs. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Why You Should Watch:
Aside from the simple fact that it’s the Super Bowl and more people watch it than any other sporting event? Well, this contest features two teams that couldn’t be more different and hopefully that will make for a great game.
In Arizona, we have a squad that has long been looked at as one of the bottom-of-the-barrel teams in the NFL. Well not anymore. Led by gray-haired veteran quarterback Kurt Warner, this Cardinals team has one of the most potent offenses in the league. They have two legitimate No. 1 wide receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Edgerrin James has looked rejuvenated of late. Their defense is playing their best football at just the right time.
Few gave them a chance to beat the Carolina Panthers or Philadelphia Eagles, yet here they are after having dispatched both. They may not have won a league championship since 1947, but it’s never too late to win another one.
The Steelers on the other hand have been a contender for years and years. Their most recent Super Bowl victory in 2005 was their fifth. Under center is young Ben Roethlisberger, a 26-year old who already has his first ring. They have been known mostly through the years for their power running game, though that has suffered this season. It hasn’t mattered since they have one of the nastiest defenses in the NFL. With James Harrison and perennial Pro Bowler Troy Polamalu, it’s easy to see where the threat lies when you’re facing the Steelers.
And if you’re one of the few who don’t care to watch the Cardinal’s fourth-ranked offense take on the Steeler’s top-ranked defense, you can always watch the commercials.
Keep An Eye On:
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals - There might not be a better big play receiver in the league, and if the Cardinals are going to have success, a lot depends on him. If he can find holes in the vaunted Steeler defense and the Arizona offensive line gives Warner enough time to throw, it could be a long day for the Pittsburgh defensive backs.
James Harrison, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers - After notching 101 tackles, 16 sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception in 2008, Harrison won AP Defensive Player of the Year honors. No one has made more plays for the Pittsburgh defense than No. 92, and if he is able to hassle Warner, it will go a long way in improving the Steelers’ odds of getting a second Super Bowl title in four years.
-Adam Zinser, DenverBronocos.com