But it was how the Cardinals won that made the game so exciting.
Down 14-3, the Cardinals finally took charge, with Kurt Warner having one of his best games as a Cardinal, completing 32 of 42 passes and throwing for three TDs. Anquan Boldin caught two touchdown passes, and Steve Breaston had 124 receiving yards. Neil Rackers nailed three field goals, and Karlos Dansby had a critical interception.
The most exciting part of the game, however, came at the very end of the game. Down by five points, the Niners staged a last-minute drive and were inside the Cardinals five yard line with only seconds on the clock. Frank Gore got the handoff and swept to the left side with his eye to the end zone, and it looked like the Cardinals would end up losing the game in heartbreaking fashion. But Gore slipped, and the ball was marked down at the one-yard line. With an opportunity to run one more play, the Niners inexplicably gave the ball to Michael Robinson, who was stuffed by the Cardinals defensive line short of the goal line. Game over. Cardinals win, 29-24.
The Cardinals ended that game with a 6-3 record, and it was at that point in time that I felt the team had a very good shot at winning the division. Little did I know that the Cardinals not only would win the division, but would go all the way to the Super Bowl that year.