Cardinals brace for Falcons in first round

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Panthers' last-second victory over the Saints sends the Falcons to Arizona for a wild card playoff game Saturday or Sunday.

This means the Cardinals will face a rookie quarterback instead of a veteran one, but Matt Ryan has defied expectations to this point, so he certainly isn't the typical rookie.

A scout I visited with recently said he thought the Cardinals might fare better against the Panthers than the Falcons. He pointed to the success Kurt Warner had throwing the football during a 27-23 defeat at Carolina earlier this season.