Cards Edge Eagles for NFC Title
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2009 5:40 PM CST
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is caught by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, Jan. 18, 2009, in Glendale, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – That's not a mirage rising out of the desert, folks: It's the Arizona Cardinals soaring to their first Super Bowl. The once-dysfunctional team capitalized on Larry Fitzgerald's three first-half touchdown receptions today, then coolly marched downfield to Kurt Warner's 8-yard scoring pass to rookie Tim Hightower with 2:53 left. They beat the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 today for the NFC championship, the AP reports.

Donovan McNabb was superb in leading Philadelphia's second-half rally, but he misfired from midfield four times in the final moments. Arizona (12-7) will face the AFC champion in 2 weeks in Tampa for the NFL title. Baltimore played at Pittsburgh later in the day for the AFC crown.