KANSAS CITY MO - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals sits on the field after failing to make a first down during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 21 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Cardinals play the 49ers on Monday Night Football in 2012. What will be the thing we remember this year?
The 2012 NFL regular season schedule came out on Tuesday evening and now fans across the country and throughout the whole world are now analyzing potential wins and losses. Every team has at least one prime time game on national TV.
This matchup is great for many reasons.
The two teams really dislike each other. With the exception of 2011 when they split their two games, it seems every year one team sweeps the other.
In particular, with Monday Night Football featuring these two teams, we tend to get memorable games, usually for some gaffe or folly.
In November 2008, the two teams faced off on Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals came away with a five-point victory, but the game was weird. The Cardinals had two interceptions taken away because of penalties, including one that scored a touchdown.
But it was the end that was the most curious. The game ended with time expiring inside the five-yard line and the 49ers not stopping the clock for one more shot without their best running back on the field. Frank Gore was down at the two-yard line after a play was reviewed. The clock started again and instead of spiking the ball to stop the clock to set up one final play, instead the Niners handed the ball to fullback Michael Robinson, who was stuffed nowhere near the goalline. Time expired. Cardinals win.
Fast forward to 2010 and the Cardinals this time are embarrassed on Monday Night Football. Most would hve forgotten about the game except for this:
Oh, yes. Derek Anderson and how serious he is about this stuff. How he puts his heart and soul into it. How nothing is funny. Good times.
2012 is here and the two teams square off. Derek Anderson is not on the team. Neither is Deuce Lutui.
However, based on what we have seen in the past two games on Monday night, you know something memorable is going to happen.
It seems like the Cardinals like to be remembered on Monday night. If you go back to 2006, Arizona blew a 23-3 lead to lose 24-23. But this is what we remember:
In 2012, what will be the memorable embarrassment? Will it be on the field or in the press conference? Will it be a coach or a player? Will it decide the game?
If history gives us any lesson, it tells us that it certainly will.
The best part (or worst part) is that everyone will be watching.