The Cardinals team that showed up against the Falcons this afternoon was not the one we saw a few weeks ago in Arizona. This Cardinals team actually ran the ball – fairly successfully too – and its defense covered and tackled and, most importantly, its offensive line prevented Kurt Warner from being turned into a walking couple hundred pounds of ground beef. The Falcons, meanwhile…well, Matt Ryan didn’t look all that great against us either, but we kept turning the ball over and that allowed Atlanta to win the game. It was a great season for Ryan, who many thought should’ve gotten MVP consideration, but asking a rookie to go on the road and win a playoff game, even with Michael Turner lining up behind him, was a little much.
So now the question is, could these Cardinals actually go into New Jersey and beat the Giants, bringing about an NFC Championship Game in the Metrodome should the Vikes somehow beat Philadelphia and Carolina? Uh…I wouldn’t count on it.