Cardinals similar to 2005 Steelers?

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

TAMPA, Fla. -- According to Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, there are some similarities between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh's last title team.

After the 2005 season, Pittsburgh had to win three straight playoff games to get to the Super Bowl. Once the Steelers made it to the big game, they beat the Seattle Seahawks to cap an amazing run through the postseason.

So far, Arizona's run through the playoffs has been just as impressive.

"The road that they took is kind of similar to the road that we took when we won it," Ward said. "We came in as a six seed and nobody gave us a chance. They beat a pretty good Falcons team. They went on the road and beat up on a Carolina team and came back home and played a great Philadelphia team who was a hot team. So confidence is high right now on their side."

The Steelers are sizable favorites to stop Arizona's run, which could help the Cardinals in terms of motivation. Arizona's media day was filled with underdog questions Tuesday.

"Well, stop saying they don't have a shot then; why don't you help us out?" Ward said, laughing. "I don't think players buy into that. They're an explosive team."