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1998 Arizona Cardinals season
Head Coach Vince Tobin
Home Field Sun Devil Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost NFC Divisional Playoff
Timeline
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The 1998 Arizona Cardinals season was the Cardinals 11th season in Arizona. The club appeared in the postseason for the first time since the 1982 season and won its first postseason game since 1947.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calls the 1998 Cardinals "one of the greatest fluke teams of all time ... who went 9-7 despite getting outscored by their opponents 378-325. They rank[ed] 25th [statistically] below three different 4-12 teams.[T]hey were a colossal fluke, despite the fact that they managed to win a playoff game in a huge upset over Dallas. ... The Cardinals went 6-3 over their final nine games, but all six wins came against teams that were 6-10 or worse, and all six wins came by either two or three points. The next year, they were back to 6-10..."[1]

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 3 Andre Wadsworth Defensive End Florida State
2 33 Corey Chavous Defensive Back Vanderbilt
2 36 Anthony Clement Tackle Lafayette
4 95 Michael Pittman Running Back Fresno State
5 125 Terry Hardy Tight End Southern Miss
6 158 Zack Walz Linebacker Dartmouth College
7 193 Phil Savoy Wide Receiver Colorado
7 209 Jomo Cousins Defensive End Florida A & M
7 226 Pat Tillman Defensive Back Arizona St.
7 233 Ron Janes Running Back Mizzou
[2]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1998 Arizona Cardinals staff
Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams – Al Everest

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bob Rogucki

[3]

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 at Dallas Cowboys L 38-10
63,602
2 September 13, 1998 at Seattle Seahawks L 33-14
57,678
3 September 20, 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 17-3
39,782
4 September 27, 1998 at St. Louis Rams W 20-17
55,832
5 October 4, 1998 Oakland Raiders L 23-20
53,240
6 October 11, 1998 Chicago Bears W 20-7
50,495
7 October 18, 1998 at New York Giants L 34-7
70,456
8 Bye
9 November 1, 1998 at Detroit Lions W 17-15
66,087
10 November 8, 1998 Washington Redskins W 29-27
45,950
11 November 15, 1998 Dallas Cowboys L 35-28
71,670
12 November 22, 1998 at Washington Redskins W 45-42
63,435
13 November 29, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs L 34-24
69,613
14 December 6, 1998 New York Giants L 23-19
46,128
15 December 13, 1998 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20-17
62,176
16 December 20, 1998 New Orleans Saints W 19-17
51,617
17 December 27, 1998 San Diego Chargers W 16-13
71,670

StandingsEdit

NFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 381 275
Arizona Cardinals 9 7 0 .563 325 378
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 287 309
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 319 421
Philadelphia Eagles 3 13 0 .188 161 344

PlayoffsEdit

NFC Wildcard GameEdit

Arizona Cardinals 20, Dallas Cowboys 7 [4]
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 3 7 3

20

Cowboys 0 0 0 7

7

at Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Quarterback Jake Plummer passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns as he led the Cardinals to their first playoff victory since 1947.[5]

NFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

Minnesota Vikings 41, Arizona Cardinals 21 [4]
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 7 7

21

Vikings 7 17 10 7

41

at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Awards and recordsEdit

  • Kwamie Lassiter, NFC Leader in Interceptions, 8 [6]
  • Kwamie Lassiter, Tied NFL Record, Most Interceptions in One Game, 4 (Achieved on December 27) [7]
  • Frank Sanders, Led NFC in Receptions, 89 [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1998 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  2. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/crd/1998_draft.htm
  3. 2009 Arizona Cardinals Media Guide. pp. 355–356. http://www.azcardinals.com/news-and-events/media-guide.html. Retrieved 2010-03-09.
  4. 4.0 4.1 1998 NFL Playoffs - www.football.com
  5. Arizona Cardinals (1988-Present)
  6. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 452
  7. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 94
  8. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 451
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