After the Philadelphia Eagles stunned the top-seeded New York Giants on January 11 at the Jersey Meadowlands, a friend e-mailed us the following missive: Am I on crack, or are the Arizona Cardinals about to host the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles? Nope, were not collectively hammered on gutter glitter. What well see in Glendale this afternoon in addition to the first NFC title game in Cardinals franchise history is a battle of Cinderella raptors. Youre likely familiar with the Cardinals (un)likelihood of being here. NFC sixth seed Philly was virtual roadkill in late November before resuscitating its season on Thanksgiving night with a 48-20 thrashing of, yes, the Cardinals. A victory in the rematch nets the Cards revenge and a Super Bowl berth. No, really.
Sun., Jan. 18, 1 p.m., 2009