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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Here are some facts and figures from the game:• The Panthers 34-point margin of victory was the largest in the history of the NFC Championship Game, surpassing the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams in 1976. The largest margin in any conference championship game happened in 1991 when the Buffalo Bills beat the Los Angeles Raiders 51-3.• This was the first time the Cardinals have committed seven turnovers in a game since 2009 when they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 58-0 in Week 14. It’s the eighth time Arizona has had seven or more turnovers in a contest since the team moved to the Valley before the 1988 season. Of course, they’re 0-8 in those games, with an average margin of defeat of 26.4 points.7 turnovers by Cardinals are the most by any team in any playoff game since the Packers had 8 in the 2001 NFC Divisional Playoff at Rams— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2016• Sunday marked just the fourth time Carson Palmer has thrown four interceptions in a single game in his career. The last time was Week 15 of the 2013 season when he threw four against the Seattle Seahawks — a game the Cardinals actually won 17-10. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s definitely not the way the Arizona Cardinals wanted to end a stellar season.Cam Newton threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more while Arizona committed seven turnovers in a 49-15 loss in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium.Outside of a few minutes in the second quarter, the game was never really in doubt. Carolina, who boasted the league’s best regular-season record, dominated in all phases of the football game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton leaps into the end zone for a touchdown run during the second half the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) • Palmer became only the sixth quarterback to throw four picks in a game in the 2015 season (including the playoffs), joining Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston, St. Louis’ Nick Foles, Houston’s Brian Hoyer, San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Denver’s Peyton Manning.• Palmer is one of 12 different Cardinals quarterbacks to throw four or more interceptions in a game. The Cardinals are 2-15 all-time when their signal caller throws four or more picks.Data courtesy• Cam Newton ran for two touchdowns Sunday. The Cardinals had given up only one rushing touchdown to an opposing quarterback all season — a 12-yard run by Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers in Week 3.• Arizona punter Drew Butler averaged 48.8 yards on four punts Sunday night. In a playoff loss to Carolina last season, Butler averaged just 34.8 yards on nine punts.• Larry Fitzgerald dropped two passes (one tipped) while being targeted seven times on Sunday. Fitzgerald was credited with just one dropped pass in 145 targets in the regular season. – / 69 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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