Antonio Smith and the Cardinals have a rare chance to advance to the Super Bowl Sunday when they play the Eagles in Glendale.
Finding himself in the Super Bowl as a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie in 2005, Matt Ware figured it was his first trip of many.
"I was spoiled," the Cardinals' safety admitted.
His second year in Philadelphia was one of the Eagles' lone down years in recent
times, when quarterback Donovan McNabb missed a good portion of the year with a knee injury. Then Ware came to Arizona. Not only didn't Ware sniff the Super Bowl, he hadn't even returned to the postseason before this year.
The Cardinals have done their best to make the past week like any of the other 18 before it. Head down, plowing ahead. No time to smell the roses, as defensive end Bertrand Berry put it, because there was still work left.
No one wants to enjoy much when the enjoyment level can be so much greater.
But the Cards will hopefully still grasp what Sunday's NFC Championship game