Eagles-Cardinals: Arizona Goes to First Ever Super Bowl

Ryan Gaydos@@RyanGaydosSenior Analyst IJanuary 18, 2009

The Arizona Cardinals made it to the playoffs for the first time since 1998 when they beat the Dallas Cowboys.

On their run this year, they’ve beaten hot teams like the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers, but today’s win was very significant in that they will make their first ever Super Bowl appearance in the team’s history.

The Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25. It was the Kurt Warner-Larry Fitzgerald Show in the first half as they hooked up for three touchdowns.

Fitzgerald would end off with nine total catches and 152 yards. For the win, Kurt Warner threw his fourth touchdown pass to Tim Hightower. Warner had 279 passing yards on 21/28.

The Cardinals almost blew it. In the third quarter, the Eagles outscored the Cardinals 13-0 to make the game within five points. Then at the beginning of the fourth, the Eagles made the comeback and were leading 25-24 and it could’ve been 26-24 but David Akers missed the PAT.

This led to a Kurt Warner drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Hightower.

Donovan McNabb had three touchdown passes for 374 yards and an interception to which he threw it to Aaron Francisco. He hooked up with Kevin Curtis four times for 122 yards.

Wide receiver Brent Celek set an Eagles record for receptions in a playoff game with 10 for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Westbrook only had 45 yards rushing but had 26 yards receiving.

The Eagles season no doubt ended in disappointment after defeating the Giants last week and the Vikings before that. It was promising but it ended in heartbreak.

The Cardinals play the winner of the Steelers/Ravens game in Super Bowl 43.