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Cards and Eagles Prepare for Battle

The NFL is down to its final four as the Cardinals take on an old adversary in the Philadelphia Eagles in front of a sold-out crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium. Tickets for the game sold out within six minutes of going on sale for the Cardinals first-ever appearance in the NFC title game.

Arizona qualified for the postseason by clinching its first division title since 1975 and the team’s first-ever NFC West crown. The Cards earned their spot in the NFC Championship by taking down the Carolina Panthers 33-13 last week at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers entered the game with a perfect 8-0 record at home in 2008, the only NFL team to go undefeated at home during the regular season.

The Cards become the first ever #4 seed to host a conference championship game.

In scoring 33 points against the Panthers, Arizona broke its week-old franchise postseason record for points in a game (30), established against Atlanta in an NFC Wild Card game.

The Cardinals earned the victory with an impressive performance on both sides of the ball. Five Arizona defenders intercepted passes and the defense held the NFL’s third-ranked rushing attack to just 75 yards on the ground. On offense, the Cardinals were without the services of Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin but used the reliable play-making ability of their other Pro Bowl receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, to build a 27-7 halftime lead. Fitzgerald recorded 155 of his franchise postseason record 166 receiving yards in the first half.

The Cardinals and Eagles will be battling for the right to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLIII against the winner of the Baltimore-Pittsburgh game.

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