Cardinals, Steelers set to compete in Super Bowl XLIII

TAMPA, Fla.-Super Bowl XLIII is set.

The participating teams in the upcoming National Football League (NFL) championship game, for the 2008 season, became known at the conclusion of the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) title games played Sunday (Jan. 18), at different locations.

With Arizona besting Philadelphia by five (32-27), in Glendale, Ariz, the NFC champion Cardinals will be the opponent for AFC winner Pitttsburgh, which throttled the Baltimore Ravens 24-13, in a ugly game in the Steel City.

As a result, the Cardinals and the Steelers are scheduled to collide in the NFL title game, which is slated for a 6 p.m. start on Sunday, Feb. 1, at Raymond James Stadium.

As of press time, Pittsburgh was favored by 7, for the game that is to be broadcast via the facilities of NBC.

Considered as a matchup that couldn’t be imagined at the start of the current campaign, the Cards, Steelers showdown isn’t being identified as a classic going into the game; however, some optimistic fans believe it has the potential to be one, when all is said and done, in less than 10 days in the western part of the Sunshine State.

Known for their rugged defensive play, the Steelers will vie against an upstart Cardinal squad that has explosive offensive capabilities, and a defensive team that is hardly a shabby one, as well.

Coming out of their wins in the NFC and AFC title games, respectively, both coaches spokely highly of each other’s team.

Ken Whisenhunt, coach of the Cards, described the Steelers as a tough football team with a rich history in the NFL.

Mike Tomlin, saying he has a lot of respect for Arizona and its organization, pointed out that his Steelers will be playing against a team that he expects to come into the Super Bowl with a lot of confidence.

As a franchise, the Cardinals, who have also played in Chicago and St. Louis, before calling Glendale, Ariz. home, will be participating in their first NFL title game since winning the top honor in the League in 1947.

The Steelers, who won four NFL titles in the 1970’s are obviously not strangers to championship game competition.