Five Greatest Seasons in Arizona Cardinals History

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2. The 2008 Cardinals made an unlikely run all the way to the Super Bowl

The 2008 Arizona Cardinals were a team that entered the season with an uncertain future. Kurt Warner was their quarterback, but at 37 years old, his best seasons appeared to be in the rearview mirror. The offense, though, was much less a concern than the defense. The previous season saw the team finish 27th in the league in points allowed. Nobody foresaw what would happen in 2008.

Even the regular season gave no indication of what the team would accomplish. Warner did prove everyone wrong, posting some of his best numbers. He threw for 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns, and led one of the top offenses in the league. Larry Fitzgerald also had a monster year, with 1,400 yards and 12 scores. They would win the NFC West with a 9-7 record, but that was just the start.

It was the playoffs where the team made it’s name. Wins over the Atlanta Falcons, Panthers, and the Philadelphia Eagles got them to an unlikely trip to the Super Bowl. There, they came within just a few plays of winning a championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Still, it was an amazing season that will always be remembered fondly by fans.