“No one on the corner have swagga like us…”
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
This has been one of the most interesting seasons within the history of the NFL. Not only are the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship, but Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco has led…along with a top tier defense…the Baltimore Raves to the AFC title game.
January 11, 2009
The Philadelphia Eagles are headed to Arizona to play in their 5th NFC Championship game in the Andy Reid/Donovan McNabb era, after defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New York Football Giants, 23-11. Coach Reid went on record after the game, saying “He [McNabb] is the best quarterback in the NFL…”
Donovan McNabb had 217 passing yards, 2 touchdowns (1 rushing td), and 2 interceptions…good enough to play another game. Cornerback Asante Samuel had a key interception in the first half which translated into a field goal, by David Akers. The absence of wide receiver Plaxico Burress was evident as the Giants offense limped to a total of 11-points.
The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their winning ways overcoming a early 7-0 deficit, defending their home turf over the San Diego Chargers 35-24. Willie Parker had 146 yards on the ground, along with 2 touchdowns. The Steelers will play at home next week, against their rival Baltimore Ravens.
January 10, 2009. The Baltimore Ravens used their trademark attacking/take away defense against the host Tennessee Titans, causing 3 turnovers, while holding them to 10 points…winning in a close battle 13-10. Matt Stover kicked a 43-yard field goal with 53 seconds left to seal it. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco continued to amaze with 161-passing yards, and 1 touchdown.
6 turnovers doomed Carolina, as Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Edgerrin James, and the Cardinal defense feasted on the home team Panthers. The Arizona Cardinals win easily 33-13, stunning the favorite Panthers. Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme threw 5 interceptions. It was just a few weeks ago when at least 2 of these final teams were written off by the fans and experts alike…it just goes to so you that in the NFL…all that glitters isn’t gold.
Photos: McNabb – AP Photo/Julie Jacobson Parker – AP Photo/Keith Srakocic
Flacco – AP/Photo/Wade Payne
Fitzgerald – AP/Photo/Rick Havner