Top 5 All Time biggest mistakes of the Arizona Cardinals
Scoring too fast in Super bowl XLIII.
Number one in my countdown of the top 5 biggest mistakes of the Arizona Cardinals is scoring too fast in Super Bowl XLIII. There’s more to this game than Larry Fitzgerald’s 64 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. The Kurt Warner pick-six, Dominique Rodgers-Cromarite getting burned on 3 consecutive 3rd down plays on the penultimate drive of the game.
Getting behind in the game early. Not scoring 30+ points for the first time that postseason killed their chances at a title. Overshadowed is the comeback attempt that the team had. Darnell Dockett tied Reggie White’s record of 3 sacks in a Super Bowl as well.
The play wasn’t meant to be a house call, but it ended up being one. Simple slant play, right? I don’t blame Fitzgerald for scoring, but maybe falling down somewhere inside the red zone would have been a better thing to do. This also brings back if the team had made it to XLIII with Adrian Peterson on the roster.
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The team was dead last in rushing that year (remember how excited we were to see an Edgerrin James 10 yard run?) and desperately could’ve used a better ground game to keep a Pittsburgh offense on the bench a little longer.
Despite this, they still had a chance to get a stop with a 3rd down with their back to the end zone. Adrian Wilson wanted to be the safety in the back of the end zone, but was outvoted by his teammates and Defensive Coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
The rest is history.