Super Bowl History

The Arizona Cardinals have never won a Super Bowl but they have come a lot closer than many other NFL teams to doing so. In 2009 they got to the big game and represented the NFC against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII(43) in Tampa, Florida. They went 9-7 during the regular season and managed to make it into the playoffs as the #4 seed. They went all the way to the final but lost 27-23 after a good come-from-behind effort in the 4th quarter.

Super Bowl XLIII(43) logo

Success Before the Super Bowl Era

As mentioned earlier, the Cardinals have had success in the game prior to the introduction of the playoffs and Super Bowl format. They got their first championship title in 1925 when they actually lost a game to the Pottsville Maroons meaning the Maroons had the better win-loss record at the end of that season and should have been crowned champions. Pottsville was then kicked out of the league due to them playing an exhibition game in Philadelphia which, according to league officials, violated territorial rights of another team called the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Because of this, the title was given to the Cardinals.

This move, by the league officials, is still disputed by some today as there are claims that the Maroons had a verbal “OK” from the league to play the game and that there weren’t actually any territorial rights in place at that stage in the league’s history. Pottsville ended the season with a 10-2 record and the Chicago Cardinals had an 11-2-1 record which looks like the Cardinals should have won the league anyway, right? This would have been so had not a Cardinals player, Art Folz, been found out for paying 4 high school kids to play in two of the extra games they played to ensure they got the victories. The league penalised the team and took those two victories away from them meaning the Maroons had the better record.

Pottsville was reinstated into the league the following season and many still think they should be recognised as the champions of the 1925 season.

Cardinals NFL Champions in 1925 and 1947

In 1947 the 15th annual championship game was played and was between the Chicago Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. The game was conveniently played at Comiskey Park, Chicago which was the home of the Cardinals at the time. The game was the first time either team had made it all the way to the championship game, but the Cardinals had beaten the Eagles earlier in that season and so were favourites to win the title. True to the form guide the Cardinals went on to win 28-21. They met again a season later in the championship game but this time the Eagles overcame the Cardinals in a snow-bound encounter.

1948 Championship game between Chicago Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles

So, although the Arizona Cardinals don’t have a Super Bowl title to their name, they have made it all the way to the big game and also have two Championship titles to their name for the days before the Super Bowl was the top prize.

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