Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl Performances
By Scott Allen
The Arizona Cardinals had four participants in the Pro Bowl Sunday night in Glendale
The four Arizona Cardinals in the Pro Bowl, Patrick Peterson, Calais Campbell, Antonio Cromartie, and Justin Bethel were all on the losing team on Sunday night. Team Irvin beat Team Carter 32-28 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
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Only Peterson and Cromartie got into the box score and they had a chance to do more than what they did. Peterson had two tackles but really didn’t look that great all night. I think part of that was no one was really trying about 80 percent of the time. Peterson let everyone in front of him catch the ball.
There was one play in the end zone where both Peterson and Cromartie had a shot at an interception. It landed in between both of them and they both just looked at each other thinking the other guy had it. It was a kind of a microcosm of how the Cardinals played down the stretch.
As for Cromartie, he had one tackle but two passes defensed. One of the passes defensed was a great diving knock down in front of New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.
Not much noise otherwise from the four Cardinals. Calais Campbell and Justin Bethel didn’t make the box score but were cheered and applauded by the Cards fan in attendance. There was a group of players that got the biggest yells by far.
The Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowlers attended the game but could not play because of course the Seahawks are in Super Bowl XLIX this upcoming Sunday. The Seahawks arrived in Arizona on Sunday. The New England Patriots arrive in Arizona late Monday afternoon.
As for the game itself, the defensive star was J.J. Watt, also on Team Carter. He was the defensive MVP. He had a fumble recovery and an interception. The only thing missing was a chance to see him on offense. That would have been fantastic.
The real props though has to go to the people of the valley and Cardinals fans. They were out in full force. The game had 63,225 people in attendance. For a game many purport not to enjoy watching and you see a lot of complaining, the turnout was fantastic. The NFL couldn’t be happier on Monday morning looking back. It would be a mistake not to consider having the event here again in the future. The game will be back in Honolulu next season where it will be Team Irvin vs. Team (Jerry) Rice.