Cardinals' close loss at Carolina was their best showing in 0-5 East record

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals are headed back to the East Coast, a part of the country that has been so unkind to them.

The Cardinals were 0-5 there this season, with losses to Washington, the New York Jets, Carolina, Philadelphia and New England. Three were blowouts.

The best Arizona showing came against Carolina, the Cardinals' opponent Saturday night in the NFC semifinals.

Arizona's destination was determined yesterday when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-14.

That meant the Eagles play at the New York Giants next Sunday and the Cardinals -- after their 30-24 wild-card victory over Atlanta on Saturday -- get a rematch against the Panthers.

It's possible that Arizona could host the NFC championship game. That would happen only if the Cardinals beat Carolina and the Eagles beat the Giants.

Carolina was an NFL-best 8-0 at home, but its closest call came in a 27-23 victory over Arizona on Oct. 26.

The status of Cardinals star wide receiver Anquan Boldin is uncertain for this weekend's game.

He injured his hamstring on a 71-yard touchdown catch from Warner in the second quarter against the Falcons.

Boldin played the next series, then left for good.