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Key matchup: Eagles WR Jackson vs. Cardinals CB Rodgers-Cromartie

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Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009 6:36 pm | Updated: 3:08 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

It’s rookie against rookie, skinny against skinny, speed against speed.

Jackson was the Eagles’ second-round draft choice out of California last spring. Thanks to injuries at wide receiver, Jackson was the first rookie to start a season opener for coach Andy Reid, but was better-known for his premature celebration after he flipped the ball before he crossed the end zone in a Monday night game against Dallas which ultimately cost the Eagles a touchdown.

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He has rebounded nicely with 62 receptions for 912 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his diminutive frame, he gave the Giants fits last weekend with four receptions for 81 yards.

Speaking of size (or lackthereof) and speed, Jackson and Cromartie will spend most of the day lined up across from each other. Also a rookie and early-round pick by the Cardinals, Rodgers-Cromartie was inserted into the starting lineup two-thirds of the way through the season, and has an interception in three consecutive games.

“Obviously Dominique’s play has been a big part of this too, his ability to play some of the better receivers and still make plays on the ball and get interceptions,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “The one play against Smith where he ran it down and jumped up and made a play on the ball. That’s what the really good corners do and he’s progressed well.”

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