An ex-Yelper friend announced on facebook that he had extra tickets to the Cardinals final home game. I figured, why not? It's a decent drive down to Phoenix. And what do you know. Of the four people who showed interest, my name was pulled from the literal hat.
Ahead of the matchup, all I wanted was for the game to be meaningful to both teams. We got that. The 49ers were playing to possibly improve their playoff position and the Cardinals were playing just to get into the playoffs.
So now all I wanted was a good game. We got that! San Francisco built a 17-0 lead before Arizona clawed back to 17-17. The place was electric. The 49ers then hit what looked to be a game-winning field goal. Not so fast. The Cardinals drove down the field and hit a game-tying field goal.
But 29 seconds left proved enough for the Niners to make a couple of big plays and hit the actual game-winning field goal.
In the end, an Arizona win would have meant nothing for their playoff chances (they needed New Orleans to lose), so I'm glad San Francisco won. Great game. Fantastic stadium. Awesome atmosphere. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
As you can see, we had pretty good seats. Awesome for free. We were by the Cardinal "Red Zone" in the lower bowl. The fans around us were great. A mix of people supporting both teams. Good-natured ribbing. All in good fun.