The New England Patriots are plenty familiar with University of Phoenix Stadium. The team famously won Super Bowl XLIX there on a last-second interception of Russell Wilson two years ago. They also suffered one of the most improbable defeats in Super Bowl history when Eli Manning, David Tyree and the New York Giants ended their perfect season in the desert back in 2008.
Arizona and Seattle figure to be the strength of the NFC West yet again and both teams have Super Bowl aspirations. The Cardinals’ championship window with quarterback Carson Palmer may be closing, which is why the team traded for pass rusher Chandler Jones.
Super Bowl or bust? That might seem dramatic, but it also rings true for the Cardinals this season. After winning the NFC West and advancing to the NFC Championship Game, the Cardinals should be satisfied with nothing less than playing in the final game of the season.
The calendar has turned to July, which means it’s almost time for the NFL to get back to business. The regular season doesn’t start until Sept. 8, but teams will open training camp later this month, officially starting the path for what eventually will lead to Super Bowl LI in NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.
Form has held in the NFC playoffs, and as a result, fans get to see the conference’s two best teams — and the squads that were most successful throughout the entire season — square off for a trip to Super Bowl 50.
When the Packers last made a trip to the desert, they might as well have been set upon by snakes and scorpions for all the fun they had. Arizona throttled Green Bay, 38-8 in Week 16, leaving the visitors confused about their future and wondering whether the 2015 season would be one of ultimate disappointment.