The Arizona Cardinals may not have as vast a collection of great games as some other NFL teams.
However, when they have played in a great game, it has been really great.
In the spirit of March Madness, NFL.com created its own bracket in an effort to find the greatest game of all time.
There are four regions in the tournament: Dynasty Makers, Individual Heroics, Crazy Endings and Great from the Get-Go.
And wouldn’t you know it, two Cardinals efforts are in the dance, with both being in the “Individual Heroics” category.
In that group, you have fourth-seeded Super Bowl XLIII, which pitted the Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and seventh-seeded 2009 NFC Wild Card game, which saw Arizona face off against Green Bay.
For the Super Bowl, NFL.com writes:
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes made one of the greatest Super Bowl winning catches of all time to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
Yeah, Cardinals fans remember.
The other game, though, was a lot more enjoyable for Arizona fans as the Cards won 51-45 in overtime.
The 2009 NFC Wild Card Game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals had no shortage of offensive firepower, but it was a defensive touchdown in overtime that ultimately decided the instant classic.
Notable in that game was how Cardinals QB Kurt Warner threw five touchdown passes — and only four incompletions. Steve Breaston led the team with 125 yards on seven receptions, though Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet each scored a pair of touchdowns.
Both games are certainly memorable for Cardinals fans, albeit for different reasons.