Cardinals' home game for NFC Championship sold out

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UPDATE: 2:45 P.M.

The following news release was sent by the Arizona Cardinals:

PHOENIX - Arizona's win last night at Carolina combined with Philadelphia's win this afternoon over the Giants means that the Cardinals will host the Eagles next Sunday in NFC Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

After the Eagles win this afternoon, tickets went on sale to the general public at 3:00 PM but within six minutes they were sold out. Tickets were available on-line and by phone through Ticketmaster as well as in person at the Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe and the University of Phoenix Stadium box office. Tickets were available to Arizona residents only.

"Ticket demand was high even before the Eagles-Giants game started," said Ron Minegar, the team's Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. "Once that outcome was decided and it was certain that we were hosting the NFC Championship Game the demand grew to enormous proportions."

Because of the flexibility of University of Phoenix Stadium, the team was able to add seats and use a configuration similar to that of last year's Super Bowl that takes the total seating capacity over 70,000.

"Yesterday's win against Carolina has led to unprecedented levels of excitement and enthusiasm," said Minegar. "Certainly that was evidenced in today's ticket activity."

The following is a quote from Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt regarding Arizona hosting the NFC Championship game next Sunday against Philadelphia:

"Obviously we are excited that we have another home game to host the NFC Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. It is huge for this organization, for our players, and especially for our fans. After our Wild Card win here against Atlanta, I did my victory lap around the stadium because I thought it might have been the last chance for me to show my appreciation to our fans. As we all know now that was incorrect and I've never been happier to be wrong. With the Philadelphia victory, we have this opportunity to host the NFC Championship against the Eagles. I know it is going to be a great atmosphere and it is going to be electric. The home field advantage is huge for us because we don't have to travel. Knowing the environment and knowing the way our fans have supported us gives us such an advantage and that is exactly what we want. We couldn't ask for anything better for an NFC Championship game." PHOENIX - Donovan McNabb and his Philadelphia Eagles get another week to keep chasing that elusive Super Bowl crown. Eli Manning and the New York Giants get a whole offseason to wonder what went wrong.

McNabb made all the big plays that Manning did not, and the Eagles eliminated the Super Bowl champions 23-11 Sunday to reach the NFC title game for the fifth time in eight seasons.

Throw in Philadelphia's hard-hitting, bawl-hawking defense, and these NFL playoffs are now for the Birds -- the underdog Eagles, Cardinals and Ravens all won on the road this weekend.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX - The Carolina Panthers took the opening kickoff and marched for a touchdown just over three minutes into their NFC divisional playoff against Arizona. It went downhill from there.

In a stunning upset, Arizona scored 33 unanswered points in posting a 33-13 shocker over the Panthers in an NFC divisional playoff game against the turnover-prone Panthers.

The Cardinals capitalized on five Jake Delhomme interceptions and one fumble to win in a runaway. Larry Fitzgerald had a big night as Kurt Warner's favorite receiver. Fitzgerald

caught eight passes for 166 yards and one TD. Warner finished 21-of-32 for 220 yards and one TD as he keeps his dream of going to a third Super Bowl alive.

Neil Rackers kicked four field goals, including an Arizona playoff-record 49-yarder.

The Cardinals now go to the NFC championship for the first time in team history. They play the winner of Sunday's Philadelphia-New York Giants game.