- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009

Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

What: Super Bowl XLIII

Where: Tampa, Fla.

When: 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 1

TV/radio: Chs. 4, 11, ESPN 980


Cinderella vs. Goliath. The perennially woebegone Cardinals, winners of the NFC Worst, uh, West, continued their remarkable postseason run by beating Philadelphia on Sunday and will attempt to break a 61-year drought without a league championship. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, has been here before - many times. A tradition-steeped franchise, the AFC North champion will be aiming for its record sixth Super Bowl win.


Cardinals’ offensive line vs. Steelers’ pass rush

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner can get rid of the ball quickly and knows his way around the pocket, but the 37-year-old isn’t that mobile. The Steelers, led by linebacker James Harrison (16 sacks), the league’s defensive player of the year, rush the passer effectively from their 3-4 defense without blitzing to extremes. The Cardinals’ offensive line has protected Warner well, but this might be a challenge they haven’t faced.


1. Why not? They’ve shocked the world by coming this far. Might as well finish the job. Team of Destiny, anyone?

2. Warner won’t be rattled. He’s won one Super Bowl, started in another and has an 8-2 postseason record.

3. Larry Fitzgerald. The most dangerous weapon in the playoffs.


1. The best defense in the game will contain Air Warner and stuff the Cardinals’ running game.

2. If quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can handle the Ravens’ pressure, he can withstand anything Arizona throws at him.

3. No jitters. Several Steelers played in the Super Bowl three years ago. Most of the Cardinals are new to this sort of thing.

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