Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, center, catches the ball for a touchdown as Atlanta Falcons' Lawyer Milloy (36) and Chris Houston (23) defend during the first quarter of an NFC wild card playoff football game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz, on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.

(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski )

1787: Mountaineer Bill Williams is born. The city of Williams and the Bill Williams River are named after him.

1924: 117 automobiles become stalled in the mud near Casa Grande. The vehicles had to be towed to the Southern Pacific tracks, where they bumped over the ties 1 1/2 miles before reaching a stretch of road they could negotiate.

2009: The Arizona Cardinals host their first home playoff game since the 1940s — when they were then known as the Chicago Cardinals — at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The Cardinals beat the Atlanta Falcons, 30-24, during the NFC wild card game. The team eventually advanced to taken on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

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