Saturday, January 10, 2009. (AP) -- Kurt Warner and the upstart Arizona Cardinals are one victory away from their first Super Bowl appearance, with a big assist from Jake Delhomme and the bumbling Carolina Panthers.
The once discarded Warner was steady in a stunning 33-13 rout of the Panthers, throwing two touchdown passes. Delhomme self-destructed with five interceptions and lost a fumble.
The target of jokes for years with their history of ineptitude, the Cardinals are the last team in the conference to reach the NFC championship game since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
Larry Fitzgerald had a big night as Warner's favorite receiver. Fitgerald caught eight passes for 166 yards and one TD. Warner finished 21-of-32 for 220 yards and one TD as he keeps his dream of going to a third Super Bowl alive.
Neil Rackers kicked four field goals, including an Arizona-record 49-yarder.
The Cardinals now go to the NFC championship game against the winner of Sunday's Philadelphia-New York Giants game.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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