In the first matchup this season the Eagles dominated Arizona, outgaining them 437-260 in total yardage and holding an astounding 32-12 advantage in first downs. The Cardinals turned the ball over four times and were just 3-of-10 on third down conversions. Furthermore, Philadelphia racked up 185 yards on the ground and held the ball for nearly 40 minutes while Arizona compiled a mere 25 yards rushing.
QB Donovan McNabb
The Cardinals' defense struggled at times this year but has excelled thus far during the postseason. Arizona is allowing only 260 yards per outing and has held two of the league's best rushing attacks to just 68 yards per game. Additionally, the Cardinals have totaled four sacks and forced nine turnovers during that time span.
QB Kurt Warner was unable to find a rhythm in the Week 13 clash, finishing 21-of-39 for 235 yards. Warner managed to connect on three touchdown passes but also tossed three interceptions. WR Larry Fitzgerald was on the receiving end of two of those scores and led the team with five receptions for 65 yards. Philadelphia allowed only 182 yards per game through the air this season and has been especially stout of late, limiting its opponents to just 161 yards per contest in two playoff games.
RB Edgerrin James
Injury-riddled WR Anquan Boldin returned to practice this week and stated that he intends to play on Sunday. Boldin caught five passes for 63 yards earlier this year against the Eagles and would help divert attention from Fitzgerald. If Boldin is unable to suit up for the second straight game, backup wide receivers Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban will attempt to pick up the slack.
The Cardinals' offense was unsuccessful in its first go-around in Philadelphia but did manage to keep the Eagles' vicious pass rush in check. Philadelphia ranked third in the NFL with 48 sacks during the regular season but was shut out by the Arizona offensive line. Warner has received an abundance of time in the pocket during the Cardinals' postseason run, a trend that must continue if Arizona hopes to punch its ticket for Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.
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