Yesterday was bitter sweet. I was really hoping for a Ravens vs Cardinals match up in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Baltimore got in a hole again the Steelers and was unable to climb out with a rookie QB at the helm. The Arizona Cardinals on the other hand were able to muster a big win against the favored Eagles, despite blowing a 24-6 halftime lead. Larry Fitzgerald has a record breaking game with 3 touchdowns in the first half, the most in NFL playoff history.
With about 3 1/2 minutes to play in the Ravens/Steelers game, Hurricane Willis McGahee took a pass over the middle in the 4th quarter and then clashed helmet-to-helmet with the Steelers DB. Immediately he collapsed unconscious and fumbled the ball. Effectively, the game was over after that play. It was obvious to me that he was hurt badly. The DB that collided with him was also knocked out, but not as bad. McGahee was carted off and as of this morning, he is listed with a neck injury but he is able to move his arms and legs. Baltimore actually had an opportunity to win down by a field goal late in the 4th quarter. Troy Polamalu had something to say about that, though. The curly haired Samoan returned a pick for 6 and made a comeback very unlikely.
Congrats to the Steelers who will most likely be your Super Bowl champs. Arizona is definitely the better offense in this comparison, but Pittsburgh has the better defense. I will be rooting for the underdog Cardinals in the “big game”, but as they say Defense wins championships. I expect a touchdown or more victory for the Steelers, but it could get ugly if Warner starts tossing interceptions.