The most-read stories of 2021

Dec 31, 2021, 11:00 AM

It’s been a newsy year in the sports world.

The Phoenix Suns not only made the playoffs for the first time since 2010 but challenged for a title.

The Arizona Cardinals, with pressure mounting for results this year, swung big in the offseason and despite recent woes will make their own playoff appearance — the franchise’s first since 2015.

Coronavirus unfortunately didn’t go away, but teams maneuvered around fluid circumstances the best they could.

And as we sit here with 2021 coming to a close, we have as little of a clue about the future of still-unretired future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald as we did when 2020 ended, though you can use the year of his leisure as evidence of what his “unretired” status really means.

Click through the slideshow above for a recap of’s two most-read stories by month in 2021.

Arizona Cardinals

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Wills Rice

Larry Fitzgerald to feature on Cardinals vs. Rams Wild Card ManningCast

Wild Card football between the Cardinals and Rams will bring a special version of the ManningCast that features Larry Fitzgerald.
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Tyler Drake

What worked? A look at how the Cardinals upended the Rams in Week 4

The last meeting between the two went in favor of L.A., but the Cardinals put together a winning formula against the Rams early on in 2021.
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Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams throws the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at State ...
Wills Rice

Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams Wild Card betting odds

The Arizona Cardinals will be the betting underdogs for Monday night's Wild Card matchup against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium.
13 hours ago
A general view of an Arizona Cardinals huddle in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at...
Arizona Sports

NFL analysts give their pick for Cardinals vs. Rams Wild Card game

The Cardinals may not have won the NFC West, but many NFL analysts like the team's chances against the Rams in the Wild Card game on Monday.
13 hours ago
San Francisco 49ers' Jauan Jennings (15), George Kittle (85), Kyle Juszczyk (44), Brandon Aiyuk (11...
Associated Press

49ers upset Cowboys, will face No. 1 seed Green Bay in Divisional Round

The San Francisco 49ers became the first road team to win on Wild Card weekend, beating the Dallas Cowboys 23-17.
2 days ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) discusses a play with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensiv...
Arizona Sports

Winner of Cardinals-Rams will head to Tampa for Divisional Round vs. Bucs

The winner of Monday night's Wild Card game between the Cardinals and Rams will book a trip to the Sunshine State to face the Bucs.
2 days ago
The most-read stories of 2021