Eagles-Giants winner gets the Cardinals

The winner of Sunday's Eagles-Giants game at the Meadowlands will face the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship next Sunday at 3 p.m.

In the biggest upset so far in the playoffs, the Cardinals stunned the Panthers tonight in Carolina, 33-13.

Carolina was a 9.5-point favorite going in, the largest spread in either of the first two rounds of the postseason. The Panthers were 8-0 at home in the regular season and had a first-round bye in the wild-card round. The Cardinals, meanwhile, were awful when traveling to the east coast (0-5) this season. They beat the Falcons in the wild-card round, but I don't know anybody who gave them a chance in this one. I guess, as the saying goes, that's why they play the game.

To make the Cardinals' win even more impressive is the fact that they played without injured wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Larry Fitzgerald did more than enough to pick up the slack, catching six balls for 151 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone. He finished with eight catches for 166 yards.

The Cardinals' defense forced six Panthers turnovers, including five Jake Delhomme interceptions, in what was as nightmarish a performance as you'll ever see.

So what happens now? The Cardinals root for the Eagles. Not because they're the easier matchup, but because a Birds win means Arizona hosts the NFC Championship next weekend. If the Giants win, they would get Arizona at the Meadowlands.

We should probably throw everything from the regular season out after witnessing this win tonight, but in case you're interested:

The Giants beat the Cardinals, 37-29, in New York in Week 12. And the Eagles beat the Cardinals, 48-20, on Thanksgiving night in Week 13. I doubt you need a reminder, but that was the first game after the Donovan McNabb benching and the loss to the Ravens.

To recap Saturday's events, a team with a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback in the Ravens went into Tennessee and upset the Titans. And the biggest underdog of the weekend -- the Cardinals -- went into Carolina and upset the Panthers, who had been previously undefeated at home.

Should make for a pretty fun Sunday. Join me at 12:30 p.m. for our live in-game chat.