Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals. Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings. A game pitting two first-ballot Hall of Famers leading two of the nose-bleed teams in the National Football Conference. It was the prime-time showcase that almost didnt happen.
Originally scheduled for a 2:15 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, December 6, the game was on NBCs Flex list of matches that could be optioned into prime time. For inexplicable reasons, the NBC dunderheads almost let FOX keep this gem at University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 East Cardinals Drive in Glendale, so they could hang on to the pointless Patriots/Dolphins match-up.
Why? In the end, who cares? The battle of the golden oldies is on after dark, with a nice subplot of the 6:20 game being the first face-off between Vikings All-World RB Adrian Peterson and the Cards bull-in-a-china-shop rookie Beanie Wells.
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Sun., Dec. 6, 6:20 p.m., 2009