Saints' Payton helped Cards with trick play

You've probably been unable to erase the play from your memory on this day after.

The Eagles trailed the Cardinals, 7-3. Kurt Warner tossed the ball to the right to running back J.J. Arrington. Arrington then slung it back to Warner behind the line of scrimmage on the far sideline. Seconds later, Warner's pass fell into the hands of Larry Fitzgerald, who had position on a stumbling Quintin Demps, for a 62-yard touchdown.

Interesting story in today's Times-Picayune (New Orleans) on how that play was created. Apparently, Saints coach Sean Payton introduced it to Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley three years ago when they worked in Dallas together.

Payton called it "The Philly Special" and used it when he was with the Giants back in 2000-01 to take advantage of the Eagles' aggressiveness on defense. The Cowboys never ended up using the play against the Eagles, but Haley kept it in his mind. He instructed third-string quarterback Brian St. Pierre to study film last week and come up with the best time to use the play.

Too bad Haley never forget it. Somehow, I don't think Eagles fans will either now. Thanks to friend, blog-reader and chat-participant Lemur for the link.

By the way, the Cardinals are 7-point underdogs to the Steelers, according to