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Friday, Jan. 30
Wojciechowski: Super Bowl prediction
Gene Wojciechowski gives 15 good reasons why the Steelers will win Super Bowl XLIII.

Super Bowl predictions: Our experts weigh in
Super Bowl experts' picks

Garber: Steelers' hard-hitting Clark back from brink
Ryan Clark is known for dishing out hard hits in the Steelers' secondary. In 2007, however, Clark was down with a life-threatening spleen condition.

Third options could prove key in Super Bowl XLIII
With so much attention paid to starters Larry Fitzgerald and Hines Ward, No. 3 receivers Nate Washington and Steve Breaston will have the opportunity to make significant plays in Super Bowl XLIII, writes Len Pasquareli.

OTL: Two Beers In The Desert

Scouts Inc.: Five matchups to watch in SB XLIIIInsider
These five individual matchups could determine which team wins Super Bowl XLIII, writes Jeremy Green.

Horton: Ten last-second questionsInsider
Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton answers 10 last-second questions and gives his final prediction for Super Bowl XLIII.

Scouts Inc.: Tale of the Tape: Coaching staffsInsider
The Cardinals' coaching staff gets a slight edge over the Steelers'.

Scouts Inc.: Special teams could decide Super BowlInsider
Special teams will play a big part in determining who wins Super Bowl XLIII. Scouts Inc. breaks down Pittsburgh's and Arizona's special teams to see who has the advantage.

Horton: Notes from the film roomInsider
After looking at game film, Gary Horton tells you what to pay attention to on Super Bowl Sunday.

Insider: In Arizona, Whiz flipped his script Insider
With the Steelers, Whisenhunt ran and ran and ran some more. With the Cards, his play-calling took flight. The result? Two Super Bowl appearances with two different teams.

Thursday, Jan. 29
Chadiha: History means little
It has become a popular theory that former Steelers assistant Ken Whisenhunt might have the edge in facing Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Both coach and player downplay that contention, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Garber: 'Terrible' influence overwhelms Tampa
The Terrible Towel has become the flag of Steeler Nation -- but the lasting legacy of that yellow rag stretches far beyond the Three Rivers.

Clayton: Cards need Warner to deliver
Super Bowl XLIII seems to be all about the Steelers. The Cardinals can change that if QB Kurt Warner writes a great ending to what has been a storybook season, writes John Clayton.

Yasinskas: Serving up success
Rookie CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who once worked serving food at Raymond James Stadium, will be on the field as a starter in Super Bowl XLIII, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Horton: Notes from the film roomInsider
After looking at game film, Gary Horton tells you what to pay attention to on Super Bowl Sunday.

Scouts Inc.: Who has the better rushing attack?Insider
Is it possible Arizona has the better rushing attack right now? Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton and Jeremy Green debate who will run the ball better on Super Bowl Sunday.

Scouts Inc.: Tale of the Tape: Defensive tacklesInsider
The tale of the tape gives Darnell Dockett the edge over Casey Hampton.

Super Bowl: Numbers Crunching
Championship Weekend: Numbers Crunching

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Chadiha: Tillman still resonates
By leaving football to pursue his convictions, Pat Tillman showed future Cardinals players an example of what real character is all about, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Yasinskas: A desert wasteland
The Cardinals' time in Arizona has been marked by missteps and poor decisions -- until this season, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Garber: Expect plenty of noise from Polamalu
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is known for his big hits and big hair. Off the field, however, he's the quietest guy in the room.

Clayton: Receivers catch heat
The Cardinals' Anquan Boldin and the Steelers' Hines Ward share a similar hard-hitting, unapologetic style, writes John Clayton.

Horton: Notes from the film roomInsider
After looking at game film, Gary Horton tells you what to pay attention to in the Super Bowl.

Scouts Inc.: Which team is better at blitzing?Insider
Both Arizona and Pittsburgh love to blitz and pressure the QB. Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton and Jeremy Green break down the Cardinals' and the Steelers' schemes.

Scouts Inc.: Tale of the Tape: Strong safetiesInsider
The tale of the tape gives the edge to Troy Polamalu over Adrian Wilson.

Insider: Five potential unsung heroesInsider
Just as there is always room in NFL championship legacy for Montana, Bradshaw, or Brady, there is a place for New York Giants' hero David Tyree.

Fleming: My XIV years with the Steelers
The Flem File takes a look back at all the good times and good trips with the pride of Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Wojciechowski: "The Rule" rings true
One of Dan Rooney's lasting football legacies might have more to do with a rule than another Super Bowl ring, writes Gene Wojciechowski.

Chadiha: Leinart's awkward position
Matt Leinart's back in the championship spotlight -- but not in the way he imagined when he was the 10th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Garber: Big Ben ticks to his own clock
Most quarterbacks have a clock in their head that tells them when to get rid of the ball. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger milks that clock for all it's worth.

Easterbrook: Super Bowl pick and Unwanted All-Pros
Gregg Easterbrook makes his Super Bowl predictions and lists his All-Unwanted All-Pros.

Horton: Notes from the film roomInsider
After looking at game film, Gary Horton tells you what to pay attention to in the Super Bowl.

Scouts Inc.: Tale of the Tape: QuarterbacksInsider
The tale of the tape gives Kurt Warner the edge over Ben Roethlisberger.

Scouts Inc.: Can Arizona stop Pittsburgh's spread offense?Insider

Insider: Stronger Steelers look for another titleInsider
The Steelers return to the Super Bowl three years after their Super Bowl XL victory looking very much the same.

Monday, Jan. 26
Wojciechowski: Cards enjoying fruits of well-laid plan
Don't call the Cardinals a fluke. They're in Super Bowl XLIII because they had a sound plan and remained true to their football beliefs.

Chadiha: Why Edge seems sharper
Edgerrin James was a forgotten man in the Cardinals' offense as recently as two months ago. Lately, he's reminding us that he still matters, Jeffri Chadiha writes.

Clayton: Roethlisberger can shoulder 30-pass load
Ben Roethlisberger may not have fully arrived as a complete quarterback, but he's certainly stepped on the welcome mat and is knocking at the door, writes John Clayton.

Scouts Inc.: Tale of the Tape on the starting WRsInsider
The tale of the tape gives the Cardinals' starting receivers a slight edge.

Insider: Can Cardinals pass way to title?Insider
It's pretty close to impossible to argue that anyone but Larry Fitzgerald has been the MVP of this year's playoffs.

Insider: How to stop Larry FitzgeraldInsider
The best way to stop the NFL's best receiver? Attack his quarterback.

Scouts Inc.: Steelers-Cardinals preview

Sunday, Jan. 25
Harrison gives Steelers a 'scary' presence
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a kinder, gentler side, but you won't see it at the Super Bowl. ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill explains why.

Friday, Jan. 23
Scouts Inc.: Ranking every player in Super Bowl XLIII
We ranked all 106 players in Super Bowl XLVIII. Larry Fitzgerald is a no-brainer at No. 1, but who rounds out the top 10?

Chadiha: Give Boldin a break
There's a lot more to Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin than what we saw in his brief confrontation with a coach, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Thursday, Jan. 22
Merrill: The lessons of Chuck Noll
Chuck Noll is the only NFL coach to win four Super Bowls. So why isn't this Steelers legend caught up in the fanfare, glory and national attention? ESPN.com's Elizabeth Merrill explains he's not that type of man.

Wednesday, Jan. 21
Clayton: Steelers' D is their best since '70s
The top-ranked Steelers defense might be their best since the days of the Steel Curtain, John Clayton writes.

Joyner: Keys to Super Bowl XLIII
Larry Fitzgerald has been amazing in the playoffs, but the Steelers have shown the ability to contain top-flight receivers, writes KC Joyner.

AccuScore Preview: Steelers-Cardinals
Kurt Warner and the Cardinals' offense has been on a roll, but they won't have enough working in their favor to beat the Patriots, according to AccuScore simulations.

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Insider: Fitzgerald better than Rice?Insider
It's pretty close to impossible to argue that anyone but Larry Fitzgerald has been the MVP of this year's playoffs.

Seifert: Super Bowl berth solidifies Warner's status
Kurt Warner's scintillating NFC title game performance was an exclamation point on a stellar season. It should also end speculation that he won't be Arizona's starter in 2009, writes Kevin Seifert.

Paolantonio: '76 Raiders are most underrated Super Bowl winner
The 1976 Raiders were a truly great Super Bowl team that never got much recognition. That's why they are the most underrated Super Bowl winners of all time, Sal Paolantonio writes.

Paolantonio: '06 Colts are most overrated Super Bowl winner
The 2006 Colts were able to take advantage of sloppy conditions and poor play by Rex Grossman and the Bears. That's why they are the most overrated Super Bowl winner of all time, Sal Paolantonio writes.

Monday, Jan. 19
Football Outsiders: Quick Reads
Football Outsiders reviews the best and worst players of Championship Sunday, according to DYAR and effective yards stats.

Sunday, Jan. 18
Clayton: Super Bowl XLIII questions
The dust has settled from the conference title games, leaving us these 10 burning questions about Super Bowl XLIII, John Clayton writes.

Wojciechowski: Steelers survive, advance
The Steelers used brute force and a suffocating defense to survive against the Ravens and advance to the Super Bowl in Tampa.

Football Outsiders

Larry Fitzgerald has been a dominant force. Is he in the midst of the greatest postseason ever by a WR? Not quite. That distinction still belongs to Jerry Rice. Football Outsiders »Insider   SB Central »



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