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Quiz about The St Louis Football Cardinals 19751987
Quiz about The St Louis Football Cardinals 19751987

The St. Louis Football Cardinals: 1975-1987 Quiz

My years as a fan

I've been a Cardinals fan since 1975 and lest we be accused of re-writing history, much of the Cardinals 125 year history is wrought with heartache. This quiz is from their time in St. Louis from 1975 until their final season in St. Louis of 1987. Good l

A multiple-choice quiz by Rockhound6165. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
415,889
Updated
Mar 17 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. The 1975 Cardinals were the defending NFC East champions having won the division for the first time the previous season. They went on to an 11-3 record and again won the division. Who did they face, and eventually lose to, in the Divisional playoff round? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In 1977, the Cards went into Thanksgiving with a 7-3 record and were in the hunt to win their third division title in four seasons. On Thanksgiving Day, they played host to this AFC team and were trounced 55-14. Who was the team that put a hurting on the Big Red? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In 1976 the Cards became the first team in NFL history to win 10 games and fail to make the playoffs. This was because they failed to beat this division rival. Who was this thorn in the Cards' side? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. During the 1975 season the Cardinals had a penchant for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, usually resorting to late game heroics. Because of this, they were given a nickname. What was that nickname? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The late 70s Cardinals were less than successful. After going a disappointing 7-7 in 1977, Don Coryell was fired and replaced by a college coaching legend. This coach won three National Championships with Oklahoma in the 50s and owner Bill Bidwill thought he would spark the Cards back into greatness. This didn't happen. Who was this college coaching legend? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1981 the Cardinals, believing they needed an heir to the aging Jim Hart, drafted a QB from a little known Division II college Portland State in the 2nd round of the draft. Who was this QB? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. After a few lean seasons during the late 70s and early 80s the Cards were building a core of young players. In 1982, due to the players strike which saw the season reduced to 9 games, the Cardinals qualified for the playoff "tournament" which was made up of the top 8 teams in each conference. The Cards lost their lone playoff game 41-16 to which team? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. After going 8-7-1 in 1983, the Cards were poised to make a move in 1984. Neil Lomax threw for 4,614 yards and 28 TDs during this, his first Pro Bowl season, as the Cards finished 3rd in offense with 6,345 yards. The team itself had an up and down season and the division championship came down to the final play of the season. As time was winding down the Cards lined up for a 52 yard field goal. Make it and they win the division, miss it and they go home. Unfortunately they missed. Who missed this crucial kick? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The 1987 season was marred by another players' strike but this time, instead of cancelling games, the owners used "replacement" players (or scabs as the players called them). The strike was eventually settled and two weeks later the Cards staged the largest-ever 4th quarter comeback in NFL history, overcoming a 28-3 deficit by scoring 4 touchdowns to win 31-28. Who was the Cards' opponent who fell victim to this comeback? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In the final week of the 1987 season, the Cardinals were 7-7 and needed a win to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, they were defeated 21-16 and missed out on the playoffs. This would be the final game they would play football as the St. Louis Cardinals. Which team dealt the Cardinal faithful this final heartbreak? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The 1975 Cardinals were the defending NFC East champions having won the division for the first time the previous season. They went on to an 11-3 record and again won the division. Who did they face, and eventually lose to, in the Divisional playoff round?

Answer: Los Angeles Rams

The Rams beat the Cards 35-23 at the Los Angeles Coliseum on the strength of two defensive touchdowns. The Cards wouldn't reach the playoffs again until the strike year of 1982.
2. In 1977, the Cards went into Thanksgiving with a 7-3 record and were in the hunt to win their third division title in four seasons. On Thanksgiving Day, they played host to this AFC team and were trounced 55-14. Who was the team that put a hurting on the Big Red?

Answer: Miami Dolphins

The Cards were riding a 6 game winning streak going into this game and had the Cardinals won this game they would have become one of the teams to host the Thanksgiving Day game annually, along with the Lions, but the NFL eventually gave that honor to the Cowboys.

Incidentally, this loss started a 12 game losing streak over two seasons as the Cards didn't win another game until week 9 of the 1978 season. Coach Don Coryell was fired following the 1977 season.
3. In 1976 the Cards became the first team in NFL history to win 10 games and fail to make the playoffs. This was because they failed to beat this division rival. Who was this thorn in the Cards' side?

Answer: Washington Redskins

The Redskins and in particular their coach George Allen somehow got into the head of Cardinals head coach Hall of Famer Don Coryell. According to offensive guard Conrad Dobler, Coryell was convinced Allen had spies at Busch Stadium.
The Cards finished 3rd (10-4) in the NFC East behind the Cowboys (11-2) and Redskins (10-4).
4. During the 1975 season the Cardinals had a penchant for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, usually resorting to late game heroics. Because of this, they were given a nickname. What was that nickname?

Answer: Cardiac Cards

The Cards won 7 games in the final minute of play that season; the only loss being against Dallas in week 2 when the Cardinals tied the game late and lost in overtime 37-31. The name Bird Gang is a name given to the fans of the now Arizona Cardinals.
5. The late 70s Cardinals were less than successful. After going a disappointing 7-7 in 1977, Don Coryell was fired and replaced by a college coaching legend. This coach won three National Championships with Oklahoma in the 50s and owner Bill Bidwill thought he would spark the Cards back into greatness. This didn't happen. Who was this college coaching legend?

Answer: Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson was indeed a college legend leading Oklahoma to three National titles. However, as a pro coach he wasn't as successful. He began his NFL career by not only drafting a kicker in the first round of the draft but he lost his first 8 games as a head coach until finally beating the Eagles 16-10 in Philadelphia (incidentally this was my first ever live football game).

The Cards did finish strong going 6-2 to finish 6-10 and there was hope for the next season; but after going 3-10 in 1979 he was fired.
6. In 1981 the Cardinals, believing they needed an heir to the aging Jim Hart, drafted a QB from a little known Division II college Portland State in the 2nd round of the draft. Who was this QB?

Answer: Neil Lomax

While at Portland State Neil Lomax played in a new style of offense, the Run & Shoot invented by Coach Mouse Davis. Because of this innovative offensive style Lomax put up numbers never before seen. In one particular game, against Delaware State, Lomax threw seven TD passes in the 1st quarter alone and won the game 105-0.

In two other games Portland State won 93-7 and 75-0. He threw for over 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns. In many games he was out of the game by halftime -- his numbers would have been greater.
7. After a few lean seasons during the late 70s and early 80s the Cards were building a core of young players. In 1982, due to the players strike which saw the season reduced to 9 games, the Cardinals qualified for the playoff "tournament" which was made up of the top 8 teams in each conference. The Cards lost their lone playoff game 41-16 to which team?

Answer: Green Bay Packers

1982 marked the final time the Cards would see the post season while in St. Louis. They wouldn't make the playoffs again until the 1998 season while in Arizona.
8. After going 8-7-1 in 1983, the Cards were poised to make a move in 1984. Neil Lomax threw for 4,614 yards and 28 TDs during this, his first Pro Bowl season, as the Cards finished 3rd in offense with 6,345 yards. The team itself had an up and down season and the division championship came down to the final play of the season. As time was winding down the Cards lined up for a 52 yard field goal. Make it and they win the division, miss it and they go home. Unfortunately they missed. Who missed this crucial kick?

Answer: Neil O'Donahue

Neil O'Donahue was known for his big leg but he was inconsistent. In 1983 he missed a 19 yard FG in overtime on Monday Night Football. In his defense, missing this kick wasn't entirely his fault as the Cards had to rush onto the field for the kick as this was before the ability to spike the ball to kill the clock. This also marked the final winning season for the Cards in St. Louis.
9. The 1987 season was marred by another players' strike but this time, instead of cancelling games, the owners used "replacement" players (or scabs as the players called them). The strike was eventually settled and two weeks later the Cards staged the largest-ever 4th quarter comeback in NFL history, overcoming a 28-3 deficit by scoring 4 touchdowns to win 31-28. Who was the Cards' opponent who fell victim to this comeback?

Answer: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Unfortunately, only 22,000+ saw this game live, me included, as the previous week owner Bill Bidwill announced the team was leaving St. Louis at season's end. Nearly one year to the day the Cards staged another late game comeback in their new home in Arizona. The Cards trailed the 49ers 23-7 in the 4th quarter and scored 17 unanswered points to defeat the eventual Super Bowl champions 24-23.
The other teams mentioned -- we all know the Falcons blew a 28-3 second half lead in Super Bowl LI and the Lions blew a 24-7 halftime lead in the 2024 NFC title game.
10. In the final week of the 1987 season, the Cardinals were 7-7 and needed a win to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, they were defeated 21-16 and missed out on the playoffs. This would be the final game they would play football as the St. Louis Cardinals. Which team dealt the Cardinal faithful this final heartbreak?

Answer: Dallas Cowboys

In typical Cardinal fashion they just missed making the playoffs. The Washington Redskins, with help from their replacement players going 3-0, eventually won the Super Bowl. The Minnesota Vikings got the last playoff spot when the Cardinals lost. The Saints would have their first winning season in their history as well as making the playoffs for the first time. A few months after this game the Cardinals would move to Tempe, Arizona.
Source: Author Rockhound6165

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