It was September 30, 2007, and the Cardinals were playing the Steelers in Week Four . It was Ken Whisenhunt‘s first season as the Cardinals coach. The Steelers were 3-0, and nobody gave the Cardinals much of a chance to win this game.
Well, the Cardinals prevailed 21-14 as Whisenhunt beat his old team, with some Steeler-type defense. The Cardinals recorded four sacks (three by Darnell Dockett) and two interceptions (one by Ralph Brown that sealed the victory on the last play). Steve Breaston galloped 73 yards on a punt return for a touchdown. And Kurt Warner replaced Matt Leinart, and ran a no-huddle offense to give the Cardinals offense some life.
The Cardinals did not make the playoffs that year, but in many ways this game was a watershed moment in the Whisenhunt era. It proved once and for all that the Cardinals could compete with the elite teams in the league. A year later, these two teams would compete again in the Super Bowl, and the Cardinals almost pulled off another improbable victory.
Can the Cardinals regain some of the magic they have experienced in past years against the Steelers this coming Sunday? It sure would be nice!
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