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Eagles victory ends Giants' reign

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NFL highlights - Eagles 23-11 Giants

Philadelphia beat Super Bowl champions the New York Giants 23-11 to reach the NFC title decider against Arizona.

Donovan McNabb threw for a touchdown and scored one, and David Akers added three field goals, extending his NFL record to 18 straight in the play-offs.

Arizona reached next Sunday's showdown with the Eagles thanks to a surprise 33-13 win at Carolina on Saturday.

Baltimore reached the AFC game with a 13-10 win at Tennessee and Pittsburgh advanced by beating San Diego 35-24.

The loss ended the Chargers' bid to become the second team after the Giants to appear in a game at London's Wembley Stadium and then the Super Bowl in the same season.

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NFL highlights - Ravens 13-10 Titans

Philadelphia will fancy their chances against Arizona, having beaten them 48-20 on Thanksgiving Day.

But the Cardinals are on a roll, guided by quarterback Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl winner with St Louis nine years ago.

He threw for two touchdowns against Carolina, and the Cards made it a miserable 34th birthday for Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme with five interceptions.

Carolina, who had not lost at home this season, scored the game's first touchdown, but then yielded 33 consecutive points to the Cardinals.

Receiver Larry Fitzgerald hauled in eight catches as Arizona posted their first play-off road win 10 years to the day of their last one in 1999 against Dallas.

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Warner finished 21-of-32 for 220 yards with two TDs and an interception and Neil Rackers kicked four field goals.

In Nashville, Matt Stover's 43-yard field goal with 57 seconds remaining sealed Baltimore's victory.

The Ravens, NFL champions in 2000, will now face the Steelers, who have beaten the Ravens twice this season, for a place in the Super Bowl.

The Titans, who won their opening 13 games of the regular season, paid the price for a string of errors including three turnovers and 12 penalties.

They took the lead in the first quarter through Chris Johnson, who ran eight yards for a TD but was injured in the process and unable to return to action.

The absence of their key running back was a major blow to the Titans, who were unable to penetrate offensively.

Baltimore kicker Matt Stover
Stover's kicking cooked Tennessee's chances of Super Bowl glory
The Ravens fought back before the end of the first half with Derrick Mason collecting a superb 48-yard pass from rookie quarterback Joe Flacco.

In a bruising encounter dominated by defence, there was no addition to the score in the second and third quarters.

Field goals were always likely to determine the outcome, and in the final period the Ravens edged in front through a 21-yard effort from Stover.

The Titans levelled with three points from Rob Bironas but when Flacco found Mark Clayton with an eight-yard pass on a third down, Stover converted from 43 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger, who threw 181 yards including a touchdown, and Willie Parker, who rushed for 146 yards with two touchdowns, were the standout players for the Steelers.

It was Parker who put Pittsburgh ahead with a three-yard run with 40 seconds left in the first half to make it 14-10.

The speedster then tacked on a 16-yard scoring run with just over four minutes to play to seal it for the Steelers and end the Chargers' five-game winning streak.

For San Diego, Philip Rivers completed 21-of-35 passes for 308 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

see also
NFL highlights - Ravens 13-10 Titans
11 Jan 09 |  American Football
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