Cards' Whisenhunt not a fan of Packers 'tactics'


Playoff games are stuffed with importance. This one feels ready to burst.

The Cardinals fear a quick knockout, one that lays their season to waste, mocking them as one-hit wonders. The Packers fear the Brett Favre Purple Sunset Super Bowl, and would do anything to outlast their nemesis.

And if things go really wrong, Sunday's showdown in Glendale could be the last game Kurt Warner plays before announcing his retirement. None of us is ready for that.

The outcome of this game will provide answers to the NFL's latest dilemma. From the moment the 14-0 Colts passed on a chance at immortality, the league has been hearing from angry fans who don't want to see teams fretting over their own safety and playing half-hearted football. It makes for bad television.

In Week 17, the Cardinals rested key players and were flogged like deckhands. The Packers went full bore and crowed like gladiators. Ken Whisenhunt took significant heat for exposing Anquan Boldin, and for allowing Larry Fitzgerald to pursue personal statistics. Mike McCarthy was hailed for keeping his hot team in tune, a team that had been left for dead after losing both regular-season games against Favre this season.

You can almost hear how the turn of events has angered Whisenhunt.

From Sunday's postgame news conference, when Whisenhunt chafed at the merciless beating, and what occurred after he hung the white flag:

"They had their plan," Whisenhunt said. "I guess they felt good about what they were doing."


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