If Sunday's game did not put Kurt Warner in the Hall of Fame, nothing will. Warner is a Hall of Fame quarterback. Warner also showed why he was one of the best postseason quarterbacks of all-time.
The playoffs have the league's best teams. The league's best defense. The Packers entered Sunday's game as one of the league's hottest teams, and owners of the NFL's top ball-hawking defenses.
Warner shredded them like he was back in the Arena League.
The postseason has humbled some of the league's so-called best, be it Gomer or Donovan McManning.
That is when the Kurt Warner Machine is at his best.
The KWM trails only legendary Bart Starr by mere percentage points for the best playoff passer rating of all-time. He also has resurrected two dog (expletive) franchises and made them matter.
And look what happened to St. Louis FC when he left. Imagine what Arizona will be when Matt Leinart takes over? (If he ever does.)
One of the league's greats is playing right now, and it is great watching him. There are reports that Warner could retire at the end of the season. And he could. But Warner signed a two-year deal and he intends to honor it.
For right now, I am content to enjoy the ride.
I WOULD have raised holy hell if the Cardinals had been on the receiving end of those questionable non-calls at the end of the Cardinals/Packers wild-card game. Let's be fair right there. I might even still make references to the Steelers being on the receiving end of some good calls in
So for the record, the Cardinals should have been flagged for helmet-to-helmet contact on second down after Aaron Rodgers blew his chance to win the game. And that facemask penalty was pretty flagrant. How does that go unnoticed? So the Cardinals were on the right side of some poor officiating. For a change.
And I will be honest, too. Being on the right side of bad officiating is awesome for a change. Normally, I only get to enjoy this during a Lakers playoff run. Have to think back to the 'tuck rule' to remember when this happened. And then, it was only fun because the Raiders were getting screwed.
But a classic playoff game was still marred by poor officiating. Stuff that should not happen. You like to see the referees let the players, play. That might have been a little too much.
Rodgers, to his credit, was pretty classy in his response.
"I get paid to play. There's always going to be one or two plays in the game where you wonder should there be a call, shouldn't there be a call, but those are out of my control. The things I worry about are the things I can control. I made some mistakes in the game. Those are the ones I'm thinking about. Not a potential facemask on that.
"The one play I was thinking about laying in bed was the first play of overtime. Unfortunately, just missed Greg on that one that could have ended the game. But they made a play in overtime, you have to give them credit for that."
And if you notice, all of the comments were about what the Packers should do in the future, not the incessant whining you normally see. Compare that to Raiders fans who are still pissed about the 'tuck rule,' which -- again for the 498th time –- was called correctly.
TIME TO say goodbye to the Patriots’ dynasty. As Raven ended it in emphatic fashion. Did anybody think that the Patriots would pie after Wes Welker’s injury? You would have to think that Welker is the most valuable player on that team because nobody on the Patriots looked like they wanted to be on the field on Sunday.
Thankfully for them, Raven scored so quick, the defense was not out there very long. And would have been out there even less had Tom Brady not turned the ball over so much.
TIME TO say goodbye to Carson Palmer as an elite NFL quarterback. Palmer looks like Tommy Maddox after he had his paralysis scare. Palmer looks like he wants to be on the field as much as the Patriots defense. Palmer looks skittish out on the field. His throws often sail.
Palmer look about as comfortable as the guy who was the No. 2 quarterback ahead of Helen Hunt in the Quarterback Princess.
How much longer is Palmer’s contract? Because it is hard to imagine him playing much longer. Palmer would probably best be served to be Gomer’s backup. He would never have to play again.
Anybody feeling that Quarterback Princess reference?
AND FINALLY …
The Pete Carroll era is over. And college football can rejoice again. The Pac-10’s dominance over college football started to crumble this year, culminating with Ohio State’s impressive win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl. So what happens now?
USC will make a bad hire. There is no Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson or Jim Harbaugh walking through that door. Mike Garrett got lucky to get Carroll – whom everybody thought was a bad hire. Garrett will not get lucky again. Especially when Carroll made it clear during his press conference that he was leaving because of Garrett.
Oregon will likely take over the top spot in the conference. The Ducks are a legit 5-star quarterback away from competing.
Ken Whisenhunt has to be pretty happy with this development. Now he only has to beat one team (San Francisco) to win the NFC West. And the 49ers are no great organization. Plus, he now has a sucker who could take Matt Leinart off his hands. So it could be a double-bonus.
We should remember the USC era fondly, and get ready for a post-Robinson like version of the Trojans. Complete with probation. That is if Garrett does not give the football program a self-imposed death penalty.