Our first Super Bowl preview post of 2009! It’s the Steelers and Cardinals duking it out in Tampa for the right to claim the Lombardi Trophy. While Pittsburgh making it to the Super Bowl after Tennessee lost was not surprising, the Arizona Cardinals dispatching opponents that were supposed to knock them out really is. Let’s explore some of the possibilities for the winner of this game.
If the Steelers win…….
- It would be their 6th Super Bowl title, an NFL record, and they are the only team among the 3 who currently have 5 to have played in the Super Bowl in this decade.
- Mike Tomlin would be the 2nd black head coach to win a Super Bowl in the year that Tony Dungy, the first one to win it, retires.
- Charlie Batch would get a 2nd Super Bowl ring.
- Byron Leftwich, former top 10 pick now journeyman backup, would get a Super Bowl ring.
- Their last 3 Super Bowl titles would have all come against teams from the NFC West (Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis - then LA Rams, Arizona Cardinals).
- The AFC North would snag both Super Bowl titles held in Tampa in the 2000s (the Ravens being the other).
- It would be their 2nd Super Bowl won when Al Michaels and John Madden are the announcers.
If the Cardinals win….
- Only the Seahawks will be in the ringless category of the NFC West.
- Matt Leinart would get a Super Bowl ring doing nothing but get benched.
- Kurt Warner would be the first QB to start on two Super Bowl winning teams.
- The same applies to Warner if he wins MVP.
- They would become the first 9-7 team to ever win the Super Bowl.
- Edgerrin James would get a well-deserved ring.
- Every player on the team except Kurt Warner would get their first Super Bowl ring.
- They would be the first Super Bowl winning team from the NFC West since 1999, led by Kurt Warner of course.
- It would be the 2nd year in a row the NFC takes the title, something that hasn’t happened since the Cowboys and Packers took Super Bowls 31 and 32.
- Did I mention Matt Leinart would get a ring?
- Ken Whisenhunt will have beaten the same team where he was offensive coordinator of the 2005 Super Bowl team.
Stay tuned for more Super Bowl bonanza stuff.