Saints To Host Cardinals In Divisional Round, Warner Set To Retire After Season End?
The stage is set for one heck of a divisional showdown when the Arizona Cardinals travel to the Superdome to take on the number one seeded New Orleans Saints this Saturday.
This after the Cardinals surpassed the Green Bay Packers in the wild card round, an overtime thriler that saw nearly 1100 yards of offense and a combined point total of 96, both new NFL records for a play-off game.
If you thought that was good just wait until the Saints hit the field with their league leading offense.
Green Bay overcame it’s early woes to erase a 14 point deficit and end up tying the game at 45 all late in fourth quarter, Arizona was given an opportunity to win it in regulation but kicker Neil Rackers booted a 34 yard field goal attempt wide left to force overtime.
The Packers won the coin toss and three plays later, after so much offense, the game was won on a defensive play when linebacker Karlos Dansby recovered an Aaron Rodgers fumble and raced into the end zone for the winning score.
After the win Kurt Warner said he is not sure what will happen after this season and that his focus was the next play-off game against the Saints, however several sources close to the NFL say that Warner is indeed leaning towards retirement.
If that’s the case his game against the Saints could become his last and surely New Orleans is anxious to help the old boy find the retirement line.
New Orleans won the last match-up between the two teams in 2007, 31-24, but the Cardinals hold a slight edge in the all time series winning 13 of the 25 games played.
The Saints on the other hand have the advantage over the Cardinals when playing on their home turf winning 5 of the 9 games played there.
Now allot was made of the Saints three game losing streak heading into the play-offs and the defense was criticized as the primary culprit for the decline.
One can only hope the Cardinals are taking the Saints defense lightly because when they face them in Saturdays contest the defense will be as healthy as its been in months.
From the defensive line to the secondary, the unit that ranked in the top ten of the league for the first half of season will be back together for a crack at the birds.
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