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EAGLES INACTIVES AND A PREDICTION

Wide receiver Reggie Brown is the Eagles' most notable inactive for today's NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals. Brown dressed and Greg Lewis sat last week in the Eagles' playoff win over the New York Giants, but their roles have been reversed today.

EAGLES INACTIVES AND A PREDICTION

Wide receiver Reggie Brown is the Eagles' most notable inactive for today's NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals. Brown dressed and Greg Lewis sat last week in the Eagles' playoff win over the New York Giants, but their roles have been reversed today.

The Eagles' other inactives: cornerback Dmitri Patterson, running back Lorenzo Booker, linebacker Joe Mays, defensive end Bryan Smith, guard Shawn Andrews and tight end Matt Schobel. A.J. Feeley is the No. 3 quarterback.

AN HISTORIC DAY

History is going to be made today at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Whoever wins today's NFC championship game will become the first team to reach the Super Bowl without putting together at least a four-game winning streak during the regular season.

Both the Eagles and Arizona Cardinals have won three in a row going into today's title game, which matched their longest winning streaks during the regular season.

One of the two teams will also become just the second team in the 16-game era to reach the Super Bowl without registering double-digit victories in the regular season. The last to do it was the 1979-80 Los Angeles Rams, who lost to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.

If the Eagles win and reach the Super Bowl they'll become the first team with a tie to do so during the overtime era of the NFL. The last team with a tie to reach the Super Bowl was the 1976-77 Minnesota Vikings.

SOME WARNER NUMBERS

Not that it has anything to do with today's game, but Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner has had his share of problems dealing with the Eagles in the past.

Warner's career record against the Eagles is 2-4 with his last win coming when he played for the St. Louis Rams in the 2002 NFC championship game. Warner has been sacked 18 times and thrown nine interceptions in his six career games against the Eagles. His overall career passer rating is 93.6 and his career completion percentage is 65.2. He has a 69.3 passer rating and 57.2 completion percentage againnst the Eagles.

THE PREDICTION

Something unexplainable happened on the last day of the regular season and the Eagles, especially their veteran players, know that they were given the opportunity of a lifetime. It's their time to take advantage of it.

The running game that has suffered so far in the postseason will get untracked today and rookie DeSean Jackson will thrive, too. Look for the offense to contribute a lot more to this victory than they did in the previous two.

EAGLES 31, CARDINALS 20

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