Cardinals reach their first Super Bowl

NFL Championship Sunday has produced the first of two Super Bowl participants — the Arizona Cardinals.

The Cardinals will make the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla., after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 in the NFC Championship Game.

The Cardinals were one of six franchises that had never made a Super Bowl, which began in 1966. The other five franchises that have never made the Super Bowl are the Lions (began in 1934), Browns (1950), Saints (1967), Jaguars (1995) and Texans (2002).

The Cardinals also hold another rare distinction, becoming the second team to reach the Super Bowl one year after the game was held in its stadium — the 1971 Dolphins lost 24-3 to the Cowboys in Super Bowl VI, a season after Super Bowl V was played at the Orange Bowl.

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