Eagles' victory could help Cardinals later

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals drew the only NFL team with an 8-0 home record this season when the Eagles' victory sent Arizona toward a divisional-round game at Carolina.

If the fourth-seeded Cardinals can find a way to beat the second-seeded Panthers, an Eagles victory over the top-seeded Giants in the other NFC divisional game would send Arizona home for the NFC title game.

The chances of that happening might be remote, but they would have been non-existent if the third-seeded Vikings had defeated the sixth-seeded Eagles in the wild-card round.

Something for Cardinals fans to dream about while enjoying what already qualifies as a historic season for the franchise.