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Updated Nov 8, 2011 - 6:18 pm

Cardinals, Eagles share some history

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, left, walks with head coach Andy Reid during a practice at their NFL football training facility Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 in Philadelphia.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

When the Arizona Cardinals take the field Sunday in Philadelphia they will be taking on the Eagles for the 33rd time since the team moved to Arizona.

While you may best remember the 2008 NFC Championship game, which the Cards won in Glendale, the former NFC East rivals are as familiar with each other as any team could be.

In fact, as far as the franchise goes, the Cardinals and Eagles are knotted up at 55-55-5 -- including games before Cardinals moved to Arizona -- though the Eagles hold a 19- 13 edge since the team moved.

As for what their past history means for this meeting, well, not much. Each squad has gone through stretches of dominance over the other, with the Eagles owning the early to mid-90s, the Cardinals rallying in the latter part of the decade by winning five straight from 1997-1999.

The Cardinals last played at Lincoln Financial Field in 2008 in a Thanksgiving night blowout, with the Eagles winning 48-20. It wasn't pretty, but it also wasn't the last time the teams would play that season.

The most important meeting between the two -- and most recent -- was the one that sent the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII, and while that was just a few seasons ago the teams are very different now.

Gone are Donovan McNabb and Kurt Warner, the game's starting quarterbacks, replaced with Michael Vick and, maybe, former Eagle Kevin Kolb. If he is unable to go, John Skelton will get his second start of the season, and first against the Eagles.

Another first Sunday? Vick, as an Eagle, facing the Cardinals.

Truth be told, the Cardinals have done a solid job against the quarterback. Though he beat the Cardinals the only two times they've faced each other, Vick has never thrown a touchdown against Arizona while being picked off twice.

Is that enough to give the Cardinals some hope Sunday? We'll find out in the rubber match between the teams.


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