GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — That’s not a mirage rising out of the desert, folks. It’s the Arizona Cardinals soaring to their first Super Bowl.
Yes, the Cardinals, founding members of the NFL, but historically among the most dysfunctional of franchises, finally have joined the big boys. Capitalizing on Larry Fitzgerald’s three first-half touchdown receptions, then coolly marching downfield to Kurt Warner’s 8-yard scoring pass to rookie Tim Hightower with 2:53 left, they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 on Sunday for the NFC championship.
Donovan McNabb was superb in leading Philadelphia’s second-half rally, but he misfired from midfield four times in the final moments, including twice when he failed to connect with Clovis’ Hank Baskett just before the two-minute warning.
Baskett finished with one pass reception for 14 yards.