Penalties hadn't been problem in playoffs

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Cardinals had suffered five fewer assessed penalties than their opponents during their first three playoff games this season.

They are making up for it in the Super Bowl. Referee Terry McAulay has assessed eight penalties for 81 yards against the Cardinals and two for 15 yards against the Steelers.

That personal foul against Karlos Dansby for roughing the passer was questionable. But when Arizona had Pittsburgh in a second-and-13 situation from the Steelers' 15-yard line earlier in the drive, they couldn't afford that facemask penalty against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The foul did not appear blatant, but every facemask penalty is a 15-yarder under current rules, and that one hurt the Cardinals badly.