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2022 Season Roundup: After some encouraging wins in September and October, the Cardinals’ luck changed and in the second half and they lost their final seven games. Injuries kept several key players out for long stretches, including quarterback Kyler Murray, running back James Conner and receivers Marquise Brown and DeAndre Hopkins. Defensive back Budda Baker and lineman JJ Watt were game-changers on defense, but the team’s offense never ran smoothly. Coach Cliff Kingsbury was fired at the end of the year.
2022 Season Preview: It is easy to overlook the Cardinals in a division they share with the 49ers and Rams. But the Cards have a winning lineup despite losing pass rusher Chandler Jones. Their big star is quarterback Kyler Murray, who got the team off to a 7–0 start last season. If he can come close to that again—and prove he is a true team leader—Arizona should be good enough to become the third playoff team in the NFC West.
2021 Season Roundup: The Cardinals finished with 11 wins in the tough NFC West, but did not survive their playoff battle with the Rams. It was a disappointing end to a good year for young quarterback Kyler Murray, who was picked to play in the Pro Bowl after throwing for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns. Running back James Conner was a touchdown machine for Arizona, scoring 18 times, while Christian Kirk led the Cards with 77 catches. The defense starred linebacker Chandler Jones and safeties Budda Baker and Jalen Thompson.
2021 Season Preview: Quarterback Kyler Murray guides a club with great skill and experience into 2021, with hopes of snagging a playoffs spot away from three excellent NFC West rivals. Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins should combine to give defenses nightmares, with help from do-it-all rookie Rondale Moore and running backs Chase Edmonds and James Conner. The defense, featuring Budda Baker and free agent JJ Watt, should be one of the better units in the NFC.
2020 Season Roundup: Kyler Murray followed his excellent rookie year with an even better season in 2020. With better blocking and more experience, Murray threw for 3,971 yards and 26 touchdowns. Murray also ran for 819 yards and 11 touchdowns—one of the best seasons ever for an NFL quarterback. Murray’s prime target was newcomer DeAndre Hopkins, with 115 receptions. Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald also put up good pass-catching numbers. The Cards finished 8–8, but could have won more. Their defense allowed under 23 points per game thanks to Budda Baker, Jordan Hicks, and Haason Reddick. Three of Arizona’s losses were decided by a mere three points.
November 15, 2020: Kyler Murray set a record by running and throwing for touchdowns for the fifth game in a row. Arizona defeated the Buffalo Bills 32–30 on a desperate TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins, who was covered by three defenders. Fans instantly called it a “Hail Murray.”
2020 Season Preview: Smart draft picks and a trade for superstar DeAndre Hopkins have Arizona fans excited about 2020. The Cardinals may not be a playoff pick, but they should be much better on offense and defense. Quarterback Kyler Murray will have fun throwing to Hopkins, while the Arizona D—led by sack specialist Chandler Jones— will continue to improve with the addition of rookie linebacker Isaiah Simmons.
February 1, 2020: Kyler Murray was named Offensive Rookie of the year for 2019. He threw for 3,722 yards and was named Offensive Player of the Week for Week 6, in October.
2019 Season Roundup: Rookie Kyler Murray showed he could be an NFL superstar, but he also looked like rookie a bit too often in a 5-win season for Arizona. The Cardinals needed a big playmaker to pair with Murray and Larry Fitzgerald, at 36, is not that kind of star anymore. On defense, the team had All-Pro sack specialist Chandler Jones at linebacker and hard-hitting Budda Baker at safety, but still gave up more than 27 points per game.
September 29, 2019: Larry Fitzgerald moved into second place behind Jerry Rice on the all-time reception list. Fitzgerald passed Tony Gonzalez with his 1,326th catch.
2019 Season Preview: Nothing worked for the Cards in 2018, so they have handed the reins to a new coach, Cliff Kingsbury, and a rookie quarterback, Kyler Murray. Murray has plenty of good targets to choose from, including future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona fans hope Murray can have the kind of
2018 Season Roundup: Arizona’s three wins were the fewest in the league. One of those came against the Packers in Green Bay, but that was the lone bright spot. Rookie Josh Rosen threw more interceptions than touchdowns, but showed great promise and maturity. David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald were the stars on offense, while Patrick Peterson and Chandler Jones led a defense that played below its potential.
2018 Season Preview: New coach Steve Wilks has two talented quarterbacks to play with: veteran Sam Bradford and #1 draft pick Josh Rosen. If Bradford gets all the starts, the Cards could challenge for a Wild Card berth. If WIlks hands the job to Rosen, it may signal a rebuilding year. The defense, led by cornerback Patrick Peterson and sack specialist Chandler Jones, should keep Arizona in games, but scratching out more than 7 or 8 wins will take a huge year from the other nine guys on D.
2017 Season Roundup: The Cardinals failed two win twice in a row until the final two weeks of the season, and by then it was too late. They finished 8–8 despite having a solid defense and a 109-catch season from the remarkable Larry Fitzgerald. Three different quarterbacks started for Arizona, which scored more than three touchdowns just once during the year.
December 3, 2017: Larry Fitzgerald became the fastest player to reach 1,200 pass receptions when he caught 10 balls against the Rams. It was Fitzgerald’s 214th game. Jerry Rice held the old record, reaching 1,200 in 221 games.
October 8, 2017: Larry Fitzgerald caught a pass for the 20oth game in a row. Only Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez had longer streaks.
2017 Season Preview: Some experts are picking running back David Johnson to have an MVP season. If opponents get stretched trying to defend against Arizona’s speedy receivers, Johnson could very well have a monster year. For the Cardinals to return to the Super Bowl, QB Carson Palmer will have to stay on the field, and the pass defense—led by Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson—will need to create turnovers.
2016 Season Roundup: A season of high hopes ended with a 7–8–1 record after injuries slowed the team’s offense. Running back David Johnson and receiver Larry Fitzgerald had outstanding years, but they weren’t enough to overcome a 1–3 start.
2016 Season Preview: After a team-record 13 wins and a trip to the NFC title game, the Cardinals are being picked by many experts as a Super Bowl favorite. Veteran Carson Palmer leads an offense that includes young running back David Johnson and star receivers Larry Fitzgerlad and Michael Floyd. Arizona’s defense improves with the signing of pass-rusher Chandler Jones and a defensive backfield led by Patrick Peterson.
December 6, 2015: Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest player to catch 1,000 passes in his career. He broke the record held by Andre Johnson.
2015 Season Preview: Can Carson Palmer recover from knee surgery to lead the Cards to the playoffs? An improved running game should help. Defensive wizard Todd Bowles is now the coach of the Jets, so everyone will be watching the Arizona D closely this year.
September 1, 2014: Carson Palmer has plenty of weapons and a solid front line n 2014, which has many Arizona fans predicting a 5,000-yard season for the veteran quarterback. Andre Ellington is a good runner and Larry Fitzgerald is an all-world receiver. However, Patrick Peterson and the Arizona defense may have taken a step backward from 2013.
September 4, 2013: Arizona has the bad luck to be in a division with three rising teams. The Cardinals should be better in 2013, too, thanks to new quarterback Carson Palmer. However, they will need career years from players such as Calais Campbell, Rashard Mendenhall, and Larry Fitzgerald to bounce back from 11 losses in their last 12 games in 2012.
February 2, 2013: The Cardinals surged to a 4–0 start in 2012, but struggled the rest of the way. A season-ending injury to Kevin Kolb started a chain reaction that resulted in a 5–11 record and the firing of coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Summer, 2012: The Cardinals were in a ton of close games last year and made some amazing fourth-quarter comebacks. This year their quarterback, Kevin Kolb, is healthy and he has a new target in Michael Floyd. It would not be a shock to see Arizona return to the playoffs.
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Playing for the Championship-Chicago Cardinals
|1947||NFL Championship||Philadelphia Eagles||Won 28–21|
|1948||NFL Championship||Philadelphia Eagles||Lost 7–0|
Playing for the Championship-Arizona Cardinals
|2008||NFC Championship||Philadelphia Eagles||Won 32–25|
|2008||Super Bowl XLIII||Pittsburgh Steelers||Lost 27–23|
|2015||NFC Championship||Carolina Panthers||Lost 49–15|