Cardinals Ponder What Might Have Been

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Arizona Cardinals' fourth-quarter
comeback seemed too good to be true. In the end, it was.
Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald, the pass-and-catch combination
that was so spectacular in the playoffs, connected for two
touchdowns in less than five minutes against the fierce Pittsburgh
defense to give the Cardinals a 23-20 lead with 2:37 left.
Nobody had expected this rally from the long-downtrodden Arizona
franchise, which was making its first Super Bowl appearance. But it
was too much time. Santonio Holmes' tiptoe touchdown catch with 35
seconds to play spoiled everything for the Cardinals.
Warner completed 31 of 43 passes for 377 yards and three
touchdowns with one costly interception that was returned by James
Harrison 100 yards for a touchdown. Warner's 31 completions were
one shy of New England quarterback Tom Brady's Super Bowl record
and tied Buffalo's Jim Kelly for second.
Warner says to rally against the Steelers' NFL-leading defense
was a great tribute to his team. But he says: "I tip my hat to the
Steelers. That's what world champions are all about. They won this
game. We didn't lose it."



 
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