1:00 PM ET, January 11, 2009
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
• The Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship Game, where they will play the Cardinals, the first No. 4 seed to ever host a conference championship.
• The Eagles' Asante Samuel had his seventh career postseason interception, tied with Rodney Harrison for most among active players and tied for fifth most in NFL postseason history.
• The Giants are the first No. 1 seeded defending Super Bowl champion to lose their first playoff game.
• The Giants were 3-for-13 on third downs and 1-for-3 on fourth downs in the game. They also failed to score on their three red zone trips.
• The Eagles-Cardinals NFC Championship will be the first conference championship game in a non-strike season to feature two teams who won fewer than 10 games in the regular season.
-- ESPN research
Can't Go Home
Giants QB Eli Manning has played two home playoff games in his career. Both were forgettable.
|'05 vs. Carolina||'09 vs. Philly|
|Team result||L, 23-0||L, 23-11|
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Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.1||5.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||09:59||John Carney 22 Yd||0||3|
|TD||05:58||Donovan McNabb 1 Yd Run (David Akers Kick)||7||3|
|SF||12:34||Penalty On Donovan McNabb In End Zone||7||5|
|FG||01:33||John Carney 34 Yd||7||8|
|FG||00:00||David Akers 25 Yd||10||8|
|FG||12:33||John Carney 36 Yd||10||11|
|FG||07:45||David Akers 35 Yd||13||11|
|TD||14:56||Brent Celek 1 Yd Pass From Donovan McNabb (David Akers Kick)||20||11|
|FG||03:58||David Akers 20 Yd||23||11|