Minggu, 11 Januari 2009

It's official: Cardinals to play 1 more game in Glendale


From ABC15.com staff -- 3:05 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals got what they wanted Sunday afternoon: a home game next weekend for the NFC Championship game.

It's because the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 23-11.

Tickets for the game at University of Phoenix Stadium went on sale at 3 p.m. Sunday.

See prices here

The game will be at 1 p.m. next Sunday, January 18th.

The winner of the NFC Championship will go to the Super Bowl in Tampa on February 1.
Jan. 10, 2009
From ABC15.com staff -- 11:39 p.m.

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From Cory Williams in North Carolina -- 11:15 p.m.

The Cardinals locker room is one happy place right now. Lots of hugs, high fives and hand pounds being spread amongst the players and coaches.

There's no question that everyone will truly enjoy the Eagles and Giants game knowing that those two teams are playing for a chance to play the Cardinals.

There's no question the Cards are relishing the role of underdog and everyone in the locker room is confident this playoff run will continue through the NFC Championship and on to the Super Bowl.

From ABC15.com staff -- 9:30 p.m.

Arizona wins, defeats Carolina in a playoff game, 33 to 13!

The Cardinals will advance to the NFC Championship game next Saturday against either Philadelphia or New York.

There's a chance that game could be played back home in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium. For that to happen, Philadelphia will have to defeat New York on Sunday. Otherwise, the Cardinals will travel to New York.

The team that wins the NFC Championship will advance to the Super Bowl.

From Jeff Heisner -- 9:29 p.m.

The team that nobody thought could win... did just that.

The much maligned Cardinals defense forced Carolina Quarterback Jake Delhome into 6 turnovers. Five different Cardinals had interceptions.

Kurt Warner goes 21-32 for 220 yards and throws a pair of touchdowns. One of those goes to Larry Fitzgerald who torched the Panthers defense for 8 catches and 166 yards.

For the first time in franchise history the Cardinals win 2 playoff games in a year.

From Jeff Heisner -- 8:50 p.m.

The Cardinals add to their lead in the third quarter. It's now 30-7.

Kurt Warner has a pair of touchdowns passes and has thrown for 220 yards.

Larry Fitzgerald has more than made up for the absence of Anquan Boldin. Fitz has 8 receptions for 166 yards.

The biggest surprise of this game is how the defense has completely shut down Carolina. They forced Panthers Quarterback Jake Delhome into 4 turnovers through 3 quarters.

From Jeff Heisner -- 7:25 p.m.

Kurt Warner has 2 touchdown passes and Larry Fitzgerald has over 100 yards receiving to lead the Cardinals to a 27-7 lead in the second quarter.

The Cardinals defense has made some big plays forcing 3 Jake Delhome turnovers.

From Craig Fouhy in North Carolina -- 3:30 p.m.

We're now on the bus headed to the stadium and everywhere you look you see Panthers banners, signs that read "Go Panthers" and fans wearing their Panthers jerseys.

It is now getting dark in Charlotte with the expected rain still holding off.

From Craig Fouhy in North Carolina -- 3 p.m.

It's tough just hanging out all day waiting for the game. Some players went shopping, some went to a movie.

I decided to go for a workout and ended up not being the only one. A number of coaches were there obviously trying to relieve some pre-game stress.

As I sit in the lobby of our hotel, players and coaches are making their way to the early buses, headed to the stadium.

Let's hope for a win!

From Cory Williams in North Carolina -- 2:30 p.m.

With the game now a few hours away, the players are all eating dinner and then heading out to one of three buses that will take them over to Bank of America Stadium for the game.

There are a few Cardinals fans hanging around the hotel hoping for a few autographs before the team leaves for the game.

The hotel is only about 15 minutes from the stadium so most of the players will be heading over at about 5 p.m. Carolina time.

The temperature is currently 54 degrees, and the temp at kickoff is expected to hover around 50 degrees.

The skies in Charlotte are overcast and they are calling for a chance of showers in the second half of this evening's game.

From Cory Williams in North Carolina -- 11:30 a.m.

Cards shop for a win!

Its game day morning in Charlotte and most of the Cardinal players have spent the morning pretty low key.

A number of players walked across the street from the team hotel to do some morning shopping at the South Park Mall.

Throughout the mall you could hear whispers of "I just saw Kurt Warner" or "I just got my picture with Larry Fitzgerald".

I personally have run into a dozen or so players strolling through the shops just passing the time 'til they head over to Bank of America Stadium this afternoon. I've also run into a number of Cardinals fans who have made the trip from Phoenix.

So I guess we will see a few spots of red among the Panther "blackout" at the stadium this evening.
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