9:09 a.m., Jan. 20, 2009----Former University of Delaware football player Ben Patrick, a tight end on the Arizona Cardinals, is Super Bowl bound.
Patrick and the Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 in the NFL's National Football Conference championship game on Sunday to advance to Super Bowl XLIII, where they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla.
Pittsburgh won the American Football Conference championship, defeating former Blue Hen quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens 23-14, also on Sunday.
In the Arizona-Philadelphia game, Patrick had one reception, but it was a key catch. He secured a pass from quarterback Kurt Warner on a two-point conversion try after the Cardinals scored late to regain the lead from the Eagles, providing the final seven-point margin.
He becomes the third University of Delaware football player to reach the Super Bowl, joining defensive back and special teams star Ivory Sully who played for the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV and quarterback Rich Gannon who played for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Flacco, who had an outstanding rookie season, struggled in the loss to Pittsburgh. He completed 13 passes in 30 attempts for 141 yards, and threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown by the Steelers' Troy Polamalu.