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Tomorrow the Arizona Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. This is the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history for the Cardinals, and the seventh for the Steelers (5-1). Cardinals QB Kurt Warner won Super Bowl XXXIV in dramatic fashion in 2001 and was the game’s MVP. Across the sidelines, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won Super Bowl XL in 2006, his rookie season. 

warner_cardinals3Prediction:

The Steelers have to contain Warner, Boldin, Breaston, and Fitzgerald. It’s easier said than done; taking Boldin, Fitzgerald, and Breaston all out of the game is impossible, so they need to be contained. The Steelers D must neutralize either Fitzgerald or Boldin and put heavy pressure Warner. Hit him. He’s old. If the Cards passing attack fails, the Cards fail. Hopefully off field troubles with Anquan Boldin don’t affect the team… like Eugene Robinson’s off field antics hurt the Atlanta Falcons in their first Super Bowl appearance 10 years ago. duhlesburger

The Steelers will play their typical defensive game, but their offense needs to score points. In his last Super Bowl appearance he was the MVP, and injured or not, Hines Ward needs to be a factor. If he isn’t, the Steelers air attack is severely limited and would most likely negate some hard running by glass man, Willie Parker. Additionally it will be up to Parker and the running game to keep the Steelers in it. The ground game needs to help keep the Pittsburgh defense and the Arizona offense off of the field. The Steelers D needs to show up tomorrow. If they are snoozin’, the Steelers are losin’.

27-24 Arizona

I think tomorrow is the day the Cards leave my Bills and Falcons behind in the Championship-less Club.

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