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Cards Getting Set for Holiday Showdown in Philly

After an 8-point home loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants, the Cardinals head to Philadelphia for a Thanksgiving night showdown with the Eagles on NFL Network. It marks the team’s 23rd all-time appearance on Thanksgiving and first since 1985.

The Cardinals rolled up 371 yards of offense against the Giants and limited them to just 87 rushing yards. However, two turnovers and a pair of long NY kickoff returns gave the Giants frequent short fields and they capitalized. QB Kurt Warner continued his MVP-worthy campaign, topping 300 passing yards for the 5th straight game; it extended his franchise record and pulled him to within one of the NFL mark that he shares with Steve Young and Rich Gannon. He also extended his streak of games with a TD pass to an NFL-best 19, tying the franchise record (Neil Lomax, 1984). Rookie RB Tim Hightower had 2 rushing TDs to give him 9 for the season, the most among NFL rookies and ties the franchise record for a rookie (Ronald Moore, 1993). Sunday’s loss snapped Arizona’s 7-game home win streak, the franchise’s longest such streak since winning 9 straight in 1925.

Philadelphia is coming off a 36-6 loss at Baltimore that dropped them to 5-5-1. The Eagles trailed just 10-7 at the half thanks to a 100-yard Quintin Demps kickoff return but they were outscored 26-0 after intermission.

A win at Philly would give the Cards their first division title since 1975 as a member of the NFC East. If they lose, the Cards could still clinch this week if Seattle loses or ties at Dallas on Thursday and the 49ers lose at Buffalo on Sunday. The 3rd scenario that clinches is an Arizona tie at Philly plus a San Fran loss or tie at Buffalo.

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