Amazing Arizona is a home victory away from a trip to the Super Bowl

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Fewer words in NFL history are more improbable than these: The Arizona Cardinals will host the NFC championship game.

In the latest example of the Cardinals' incredible postseason good fortune, Philadelphia beat the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 23-11 yesterday.

The meant Arizona stays at home to face the Eagles this Sunday afternoon with the winner headed to the Super Bowl.

It's an amazing scenario for a Cardinals franchise that until this year had one playoff victory in 61 seasons.

The Cardinals are 7-2 at home this season, including a 30-24 wild card playoff victory over Atlanta.

That was followed by Arizona's 33-13 stunner at Carolina on Saturday night to send the Cardinals into their first NFC championship game.

Before Saturday, Arizona was the lone NFC team not to make it to a conference championship game since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

Instead of a trip to the cold of the Meadowlands in New Jersey to face the Giants, the Cardinals stay in the desert to play in front of what promises to be a loud, boisterous crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium, where a year ago the Giants upset New England in the Super Bowl.

The Cardinals say the last of the tickets were sold out within six minutes of the end of the Giants-Eagles game yesterday afternoon.

That includes additional seating similar to last year's Super Bowl that increases the stadium's capacity to more than 70,000