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SUNDAY, JANUARY 18

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – NFC EAST (11-6-1) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS – NFC WEST (11-7)

 

 

SERIES

EAGLES

CARDINALS

 

LEADER

Series tied, 53-53-5

 

PLAYOFF RECORD

19-17

4-5

 

LAST WEEK

W 23-11 at Giants

W 33-13 at Panthers

 

LAST GAME

11/27/08: Cardinals 20 at Eagles 48. Philadelphia RB Brian Westbrook rushes for 110 yards & scores career-high 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in Thanksgiving-night win.

 

LAST GAME AT SITE

12/24/2005

 

LAST PLAYOFF

12/19/48: Eagles 7, Chicago Cardinals 0. Philadelphia RB Steve Van Buren scores 5-yard TD for game’s only score in 4th quarter on snow-covered field.

 

BROADCAST

FOX (1:00 PM MT) Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Chris Myers (Field reporters). Westwood One Radio: Marv Albert, Jim Fassel, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 125 (Phi.), 127 (Arz.). XM: 124 (WW1), 102 (Phi.), 103 (Arz.).

 

STAT LEADERS

PASSING

McNabb: 345-571-3,916-23-11-86.4

Warner: 401-598-4,583 (2L)-30 (2C)-14-96.9 (1C)

 

RUSHING

Westbrook: 233-936-4.0-9

James: 133-514-3.9-3

 

RECEIVING

D. Jackson ®: 62-912-14.7-2

Fitzgerald: 96 (1C)-1,431 (1C)-14.9-12 (T1L)

 

OFFENSE

350.5

365.8 (2C)

 

TAKE/GIVE

+3

0

 

DEFENSE

274.3 (1C)

331.5

 

SACKS

Howard: 10.0

Berry: 5.0

 

INTs

Samuel: 4

Rodgers-Cromartie ®: 4

 

PR

D. Jackson ®: 8.8

Breaston: 7.2

 

KR

Demps: 25.3

Arrington: 25.6

 

PUNTING

Rocca: 43.3

Graham: 42.5

 

KICKING

Akers: 144 (1C) (45/45 PAT; 33/40 FG)

Rackers: 119 (44/44 PAT; 25/28 FG)

 

TEAMS HAVE split 2 previous playoff meetings & meet for 1st time in postseason since 1948 NFL Championship game, won 7-0 by Eagles...Game marks 1st time No. 4 seed will host in championship round.

 

EAGLES: Game marks 37th postseason contest for franchise. Under head coach ANDY REID, club has advanced to NFC Championship 5 times in 10 seasons, more than any team in that span. Last week, Reid became 14th head coach to win 10 postseason games. Team scored 416 points, most in franchise history (415, 2002). Eagles had 2 players selected to Pro Bowl: S BRIAN DAWKINS (7th) & CB ASANTE SAMUEL (2nd)…Last week, QB DONOVAN MC NABB became 11th NFL QB with 3,000 playoff passing yards & scored 4th career postseason rush TD. Passed for franchise-record 3,916 yards. Has started 14 postseason games & has 9 wins, most in club history. Holds team playoff records in completions (294), attempts (493), yards (3,147) & TDs (20). Has guided Eagles to 5 NFC Championship Games & SB XXXIX. In his starts (min. 10+ att.) with 100.0+ rating (incl. playoffs), team is 40-1 (.976). In 7 starts vs. Arz., McNabb has passed for 16 TDs vs. 5 INTs with 103.4 rating, incl. 4 TDs on Thanksgiving…RB BRIAN WESTBROOK (546) now has most rush yards in team postseason history. Has scored TD in 4 of past 5 postseason games & has 6 career playoff TDs, tied for most in team history. Had 1,338 scrimmage yards (936 rush, 402 rec.), his 5th consecutive season with 1,200+ scrimmage yards. Is only player since 2004 with 4,000+ rush (4,915) & 3,000+ rec. (3,191) yards. Is also only player since 2004 with 20+ rush (29) & rec. (24) TDs. Had 110 rush yards & career-high 4 total TDs on Thanksgiving, becoming 4th player in NFL history with 2 rush & 2 receiving TDs & 100+ rush yards in same game…WR-PR DE SEAN JACKSON led NFC rookies with 912 rec. yards & ranked 2nd with team-high 62 catches. Is 1st rookie WR to lead club in catches since 1942. Had team-high 4 receptions & 81 yards last week. WR JASON AVANT has 9 catches in ’08 playoffs & 6 went for 1st downs. TE BRENT CELEK is tied with Avant as team leader in receptions (9) in ’08 playoffs. Scored 1st career postseason TD last week…S Dawkins ranks 2nd in team history with 4 postseason INTs (HERMAN EDWARDS, 5). His 7 Pro Bowl selections tie HOFer REGGIE WHITE for 2nd in club annals (HOFer CHUCK BEDNARIK, 8). Has played in franchise-record 17 postseason games. CB ASANTE SAMUEL returned INT 25 yards to NYG 2 last week, setting up McNabb TD. Has played in 16 playoff games & his teams are 13-3 (.813), incl. 2 SB wins. Has 7 INTs (4 INT-TDs) in past 10 postseason games. Has 227 INT return yards, most in NFL playoff history. DE TRENT COLE has 21.5 sacks in past 34. S QUINTIN MIKELL had 1st career postseason INT last week…K DAVID AKERS is franchise leader with 121 points & 28 FGs in postseason. After converting all 3 FG attempts last week, Akers has made 18 consecutive postseason FGs, most in playoff history (GARY ANDERSON, 16). His 28 career postseason FGs rank 3rd in NFL history.

 

CARDINALS: Make 1st NFC Championship Game appearance. Club’s 33 points last week were most in franchise history for playoff game. Won 1st division title since 1975 when team was in St. Louis & clinched NFC East. In ’08, has 11 wins incl. playoffs – most since ’75…Club scored 427 points, most in franchise history (423, 1984). KEN WHISENHUNT became 1st Cardinals head coach to win 1st 2 playoff games. Incl. last week, team has scored 30+ points in 14 of past 26 games under Whisenhunt. Team had 5 players selected to Pro Bowl: WRs ANQUAN BOLDIN (3rd) & LARRY FITZGERALD (3rd), ST SEAN MOREY (1st), QB KURT WARNER (4th) & S ADRIAN WILSON (2nd)…QB Warner has passed for 365+ yards in 4 postseason games, most in NFL history. Holds record for most passing yards in single postseason when he passed for 1,063 yards in 1999 with St.L. In starts with 15+ att. & 100.0+ rating (incl. playoffs), his teams are 36-3 (.923). Has 7-2 (.778) postseason record. Warner has 3 postseason TD passes of 70+ yards, tied for most in NFL history (HOFers TERRY BRADSHAW & JOHN ELWAY & BRETT FAVRE). Passed for 3 TDs in Week 13…RB TIM HIGHTOWER tied for lead among NFL rookies with 10 rush TDs & set club rookie record. Has scored TD in each of 1st 2 career playoff games, incl. 3-yard TD reception vs. Car. Had team-high 76 yards last week. Fitzgerald (12), Boldin (11) & Hightower (10) became 7th trio since 1970 to each score 10+ TDs in season. RB EDGERRIN JAMES scored 4-yard TD last week & has 6 rush TDs in past 7 playoff games…Fitzgerald (96), Boldin (89) & STEVE BREASTON (77) became 2nd WR trio in NFL history to record 75+ receptions in season (1989 Washington). Cardinals led NFL with 13 100-yard receiving games – Fitzgerald (7), Boldin (3) & Breaston (3). Fitzgerald had franchise playoff record 166 yards last week, surpassing ROY GREEN’s 113 yards vs. GB on 1/8/1983. Dating back to regular season, Fitzgerald has 4 consecutive 100-yard receiving games, longest streak of career. In Week 13, Fitzgerald scored 2 TDs & Breaston had 1. Club became 5th team in NFL history with 3 1,000-yard receivers in season – Fitzgerald (1,431), Boldin (1,038) & Breaston (1,006)…Team set franchise playoff record for INTs with 5 last week, all by different players. Rookie CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had INT vs. Car. & has pickoff in 3 consecutive games dating back to Week 17. Has 6 INTs in past 9 games, incl. 99-yard INT-TD, tied for longest INT-TD in franchise history. CB RODERICK HOOD & S ANTREL ROLLE each had 1st career playoff INT last week. In career, Rolle has scored 5 TDs on 10 takeaways (9 INTs, 1 FR). DE ANTONIO SMITH had sack & FF last week. LB KARLOS DANSBY led team with career-high 126 tackles, his 3rd consecutive 100-tackle season. Had 11-yard INT-TD in 12/24/05 game vs. Phi. S Wilson is 1 of 3 active safeties with 18+ INTs (18) & 18+ sacks (18.5). Has 3 career sacks vs. Phi. (tied for 2nd-most vs. any opponent). CB RALPH BROWN has INT in 3 of past 4 playoff games…K NEIL RACKERS’ 49-yard FG last week was longest in club playoff history…ST Morey has played in 13 playoff games, most on team.

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Really? I think McNabb AND his receivers are so streaky that the Shittsburgh D would go nuts on them. Besides, the Cardinals are such a feelgood story. Their D has improved greatly this postseason. Also, I think Shittsburgh is more familiar with the Eagles than the Cards, which bodes better for the Cards should we not win today.

 

I'm glad the Cardinals won. They've got the second-longest streak in pro sports without a championship! They're perennially made fun of. Kurt's a warrior and Fitzgerald is a beast. They don't talk smack, they just go out there and perform and surprise everyone. And that one guy just cried a little on camera. Good for them, good for them.

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