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Arians: Carson Palmer didn’t lose “the damn game”

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If not for quarterback Carson Palmer’s play this season, there’s not much chance the Cardinals would have been in the NFC championship game against the Panthers.

That cliched reminder is offered only because of how wrong things went in Carolina for Palmer. His four interceptions and two fumbles loomed large in the 49-15 blowout loss to Carolina and Palmer said after the game that he “kept digging us a hole” with the turnovers. Palmer said that his dislocated finger was not the reason for his struggles and that things snowballed as he started pressing when the Cardinals fell behind.

Coach Bruce Arians also said the finger wasn’t a factor while discussing Palmer’s performance, which he said was not the sole reason for the loss.

“Carson did not lose the damn game, there’s nothing wrong with his damn finger,” Arians said. “We didn’t play near well enough, especially our best players.”

There were certainly plenty of other things to dislike about Arizona’s performance, particularly Patrick Peterson’s fumble when it looked like momentum had swung Arizona’s way after the Panthers went up 17-0. When the quarterback turns the ball over six times, though, it’s going to be tough for any team to wind up on the right side of the final score.

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94 Responses to “Arians: Carson Palmer didn’t lose “the damn game””
  1. bmack1224 says: Jan 25, 2016 6:41 AM

    He Didnt Win it Either.

  2. mikermiker says: Jan 25, 2016 6:42 AM

    Man Brady sure looked bad. Was interesting to see so many Pats fans calling for Jimmy Gameday

  3. flyinghighphil says: Jan 25, 2016 6:45 AM

    That’s right. Bruce you did you arrogant overrated loser . Like I said last week your players bailed your ass out. ( as they have many times this past season. This week you couldn’t even get your team pumped up for a championship game . Got your asses kicked from start to finish. How can people call this guy a great coach ? I feel sorry for Fitzgerald he won’t get a ring with this clown as his coach .

  4. stinkymcmulligan says: Jan 25, 2016 6:47 AM

    Arian’s nice guy schtick was just that – an act.

    He’s a clown with a hair-trigger temper when things don’t go his way.

    Lastly, he’s a very sore loser.

  5. superbowlchampsbengals says: Jan 25, 2016 6:51 AM

    Ahhh. The good old days of Carson throwing pick 6’s. I remember them like it was yesterday. Thanks for being a quitter Carson. Dalton would only throw 2 ints in a game like that.

  6. critterkiller33 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:00 AM

    Once a Bengal always a Bengal….. can you say choke!

  7. bearflagfan says: Jan 25, 2016 7:03 AM

    All comments should start with the recognition that Carolina was 15-1. Even the best QBs make mistakes when they’re pressing from behind, as Brady proved in his picks. It was the Cardinals lack of defense that put them in the hole. Palmer just kept digging.

    The two teams best built to stop the Panthers are Seattle and Denver. If the Seahawks had shown up for the whole playoff game, SB50 might have been a rematch of SB48. Instead it’s whether the Broncos defense can keep a lid on Cam until Manning gets rolling.

    Wade Phillips, your moment of truth has arrived.

  8. flyinghighphil says: Jan 25, 2016 7:06 AM

    Notice how Arians takes none of the blame . He puts it all on Palmer, and their best players not playing good enough. Seems to me they weren’t prepared for the panthers poor play calling, turnovers killed the cards. Way to go. Bruce you suck !!!!!!!!

  9. dumbpollack says: Jan 25, 2016 7:11 AM

    They need a new QB. Palmer looked “small” in both playoff games.

  10. bmoreb says: Jan 25, 2016 7:13 AM

    Maybe if he turned it over 7 times Arians would state that Palmer lost the damn game. Or is it 8 ?

    Did anyone ask what the magic number is ?

  11. footballfan72 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:18 AM

    Really? Well I think 4 picks and 2 fumbles beg to disagree……

  12. the610limited says: Jan 25, 2016 7:19 AM

    The 4th quarter reminded me of Buffalo’s deconstruction against the Cowboys in SB 27. Every interception just made matters worse.

  13. ketelwon says: Jan 25, 2016 7:27 AM

    Of course Carson Palmer “lost them the damn game”. Six turnovers??? He choked just like he always has in the playoffs. Way to cover from him Arians….but the moment was way too big for him.

  14. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 25, 2016 7:28 AM

    nope but he helped, cam was $ the cards were just the 2nd best team this season . The score was immaterial as weird things happen but panthers were just better.

  15. thepackerpoet says: Jan 25, 2016 7:29 AM


    The damn Cardinals had no business being in the NFC Championship anyway.

  16. mrlaloosh says: Jan 25, 2016 7:30 AM

    Another USC loser….

  17. carloswlassiter says: Jan 25, 2016 7:30 AM

    Actually, I think he did, and it was pretty clear by his performance against GB that these games were too big for him.

  18. 2since96 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:31 AM

    Could it be that Carolina is by far the best team on the field, everytime they take it?

    Lost 1 game this year, just put a whooping on the seahawks, followed up by embarrasing the Cardinals…Denver better be ready, cuz Cam and the panthers are coming…

  19. 4sacroc says: Jan 25, 2016 7:32 AM

    Palmer played poorly last week against Green Bay.

    The difference was the Panthers held on to Palmer’s errant throws; the Packers dropped ’em.

  20. tunatony says: Jan 25, 2016 7:33 AM

    Carson Palmer has delivered what is arguably the most odious performance in championship playoff history…oh what a stench!

  21. nightrain42 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:33 AM

    Bruce has to say that. That’s his qb…but when he says his best players didn’t play well…that all starts with Carson. Same ole choked under pressure Carson. Just like in Cincy.

  22. birdgang84 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:36 AM

    Palmer is guilty of trying to make too much happen too fast. 3 of those INT’s happened when the game was already out of hand, the fumbles I put on the O-line. My bigger concerns are our pass rush not being effective for both playoff games, Newton and Rodgers had all day to throw. And our O-line and coverage in the secondary were both very suspect against Carolina and the Packers. This was a team loss for a team that seemed to have ran out of gas after week 16. Top offseason priority is addressing our pass rush. Still love my Cardinals though, no matter what. We will be back.

  23. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:37 AM

    Yes he did coach, it was vintage playoff Carson.
    Enjoy the offseason.

  24. stillers35 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:38 AM

    I know BA has to protect his guy but 6 turnovers in kinda losing the game.

  25. alfredogarciashead says: Jan 25, 2016 7:38 AM

    Arians tries too hard to be the hip guy. Bloom is off the rose Bruce, Cards were exposed.

  26. jerruhjones says: Jan 25, 2016 7:43 AM

    Well, he definitely didn’t win it either.

  27. diehardfootballfan says: Jan 25, 2016 7:44 AM

    Really Bruce??? Really??

  28. krismn22 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:44 AM

    Is it me or did it seem like Bruce was real close to going into Denny Green 2.0-mode?

  29. officialgame says: Jan 25, 2016 7:44 AM

    But he didn’t win the dam game either.

  30. bosco264 says: Jan 25, 2016 7:55 AM

    He didn’t win it either, Bruce.

  31. BIGGSHAUN says: Jan 25, 2016 7:58 AM

    He lost the game.

  32. jjbsew says: Jan 25, 2016 8:01 AM

    I’ve watched Palmer blow big games for years. The bigger the game, the more likely he is to throw interceptions. Of course, there is nothing quite like watching one of his signature throws, The Palmer Pick Six

  33. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 25, 2016 8:09 AM

    Nobody lost you the game, Bruce…You just got molly-whooped. Good season though.

  34. leatherface2012 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:18 AM


  35. bigjdve says: Jan 25, 2016 8:21 AM

    6 Turnovers is hard to come back from, however if the QB is on his back more than a 3 dollar hooker, there isn’t much that can be done.

    It looked like the Waterboy when they were reading Football for Dummies to get the plays

  36. spiffybiff says: Jan 25, 2016 8:26 AM

    Offensive line got manhandled for the second week In a row and the defense didn’t do many favors allowing 17 points in the first quarter

  37. realdealsteel says: Jan 25, 2016 8:36 AM

    Way to stand up for your QB Bruce. But your QB is a turnover machine as the competition gets stiffer and stiffer. He’s been that way his entire career.

  38. whynotjustadmitit says: Jan 25, 2016 8:36 AM

    Will the real Carson Palmer please stand up

  39. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 25, 2016 8:38 AM

    Well….he didn’t win it.

  40. wolverineinnc says: Jan 25, 2016 8:41 AM

    Uh, the guy throws 4 INTs and fumbles another. Yeah, Carson Palmer DID lose the damn game. What were you watching, Arians??? Palmer sucked it up more than any QB in a big game. Had a nice season, but barely survived last week and got slaughtered this week. Better start looking for a new QB out there in AZ….

  41. stilllovemybungles says: Jan 25, 2016 8:46 AM

    Thanks for Quitting in Cincinnati Carson… Best thing that ever happened to the Bengals! WhoDey!

  42. packinggreens says: Jan 25, 2016 8:48 AM

    Maybe your distracting ego and poor play calling early in the game lost the game. Blames his best players lol

  43. polamalusboyfriend says: Jan 25, 2016 8:49 AM

    Carson being Carson…king of the pick-6 and strip sack. He looked like he was back in tiger stripes out there.

    Arians of all people should have known what they were getting with that guy…typical USC/No1 pick guy.

    No sympathy for anyone who tries to retread a loser. They try every year…retread a loser (but good) QB and get the same eventual results.

  44. spiffybiff says: Jan 25, 2016 8:57 AM

    Game was over before he committed one of those turnovers. When you are down 20 plus points and your line can’t block the rush you are going to turn it over

  45. ohand16 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:58 AM

    Translation : Carson Palmer lost the damn game

  46. cb2gbequalssb says: Jan 25, 2016 9:00 AM


  47. bchap17 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:02 AM

    6 turnovers. Or was it 7? Throwing into double and triple coverage. The defense shares blame in this loss as well, but the onus is on Palmer.

  48. ickky says: Jan 25, 2016 9:02 AM

    but, he kinda did

  49. oneofhis says: Jan 25, 2016 9:04 AM

    I know you lose as a team Arians, but when your QB turns the ball over 6 times by himself, he lost the game for you. Palmer should have got MVP….for Carolina.

  50. eagleswin says: Jan 25, 2016 9:06 AM

    Actually, he did. He had a great season for which you were happy to give him full credit. Now that he turned the ball over 6 times in one game, he should take the blame.

  51. kennethmw says: Jan 25, 2016 9:07 AM

    Quitters never prosper.

  52. cropslx says: Jan 25, 2016 9:08 AM

    OR Carolina played “lights out” football….GO PANTHERS!!

  53. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 25, 2016 9:11 AM

    I saw last week vs GB that nerves were getting the best of Carson Palmer.. Then early in the game yesterday its like they knew they had lost already and Arians started calling trick plays… Arians didn’t look so confident again either…

  54. boysroll says: Jan 25, 2016 9:14 AM

    Carson Palmer is no franchise QB and average at best. He was absolutely horrible in that game and the Cards were overrated all season. Look for a bad record next year and last place.

  55. emoney826 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:15 AM

    Say what you want, but Palmer didn’t help keep them in that game. Every chance at scoring was deflated when he threw a pick. Receivers also need to hang onto the ball.

  56. hippieway says: Jan 25, 2016 9:19 AM

    After sitting through that poor exhibition, I find myself disagreeing with you Bruce

  57. bornahawker says: Jan 25, 2016 9:19 AM

    B.A.! 6 turnovers man! Take the bullet like a good coach would, but unless you find a QB, Seattle is coming for u!
    Go Hawks!

  58. bkostela says: Jan 25, 2016 9:21 AM

    The Cardinals just plain got beat. In every facet of the game. They even got bad bounces on top of that. They’ll be back in the playoffs next year.

  59. silverhat78 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:28 AM

    Sorry Bruce but Carson was a big factor of your teams loss.

  60. phx1sjc says: Jan 25, 2016 9:39 AM

    Just because they couldn’t have made it this far without him, doesn’t mean he’s not to blame for the loss. Nobody can recover from that many turnovers and almost all of them were his fault. I can’t even name one Cardinal that had a good performance.

  61. brafootball says: Jan 25, 2016 9:39 AM

    Somebody call Maury!

    “And the lie detector determined… THAT WAS A LIE!!!”

  62. mogogo1 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:41 AM

    Nobody wearing a Cardinals jersey played well. But 4 INTs and 2 lost fumbles do put Palmer at the front of the parade.

    The biggest killer was when he lost the fumble near the end of the first half only to have Newton give it right back but then immediately threw a pick in the end zone. A TD there right before half just might have turned the tide. That was their last shot to get back into the game.

  63. truths4all says: Jan 25, 2016 9:42 AM

    In title games, MOMEMTUM IS HUGE.

    Patrick Peterson’s fumble GAVE THE MOMENTUM RIGHT BACK TO THE PANTHERS after the Cards stabilized themselves and closed to 17-7 and inerfect position to get a FG or TD which would have changed the game back ro a close competitive one.

    Instead, Peterson’s MAJOR SCREWUP turned ihe game into a 24-7 rout causing Arians and Palmer to go into desperation mode to gambling to catch-up on iffy passes to try to get back in the game where they were way behind on score and with no momentum.

    The Entire Game turned on Peterson’s major SCREWUP which came after the Cards took the Panthers best opening shot and then made adjustments to where the Cards were able to march on down for their first score. Once the Cards got behind 24-7 due to Peterson’s MAJOR SCREW-UP, right or wrong, they went into desperation mode which in Arians system means throwing up a bunch of passes.

  64. packerstexansfan says: Jan 25, 2016 9:43 AM

    I don’t mean to sound bitter, because I was rooting for the Cardinals yesterday, but I just can’t help but think that the Packers were a freak tipped ball TD from playing in this game (I know I’m oversimplifying the game from last week by saying that, but it was a big moment in the game), and I have to believe that Rodgers’ awareness wouldn’t have led to so many turnovers, and in turn, made for a much more competitive game, even if they still would’ve lost.

  65. Ugadogs21 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:45 AM

    Yeah he did. Executing your spin the wheel game plan.

  66. minson15 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:52 AM

    The majority of Palmer’s picks happened when the Cardinals were already down pretty big, so Palmer is trying to make a play. What lost the Cardinals the game was their Defense. It was terrible. No pass rush. The secondary looked like high schoolers out there trying to cover Ted Ginn, and Corey Brown (not exactly Antonio Brown, or Calvin Johnson). By the time the Cardinals looked to settle into the game they were already down big so their offensive game plan was over and had to press. I’m with Bruce on this one. Palmer didn’t lose the game, but he had every part in it as the rest of the guys.

  67. eddielionhead says: Jan 25, 2016 10:01 AM

    was lucky to win last week against the cheese eater’s, carson time to retire, should of put Stanton in

  68. jm91rs says: Jan 25, 2016 10:18 AM

    I’m a Bengals fan who wished nothing but the best for Carson Palmer, until the matchup this year that is. In Oakland he said his game against the Bengals was just another game, then this year when he knows he has a good enough team to win it’s “much more than just another game”. He proceeded to talk crap all week about how horrible the Bengals were for making him quit. It’s clear now that you can take the player out of the Bengals, but you can’t take the Bengals out of the player.

  69. 4sacroc says: Jan 25, 2016 10:20 AM

    Panthers came up with the picks the Packers did not.

  70. Rdog says: Jan 25, 2016 10:27 AM

    Let’s face it – the NFC was really weak this year. Everyone had a soft schedule, and the regular season wasn’t a good measurement for any of those teams. The Cardinals are still the Cardinals, and Carson Palmer is still Carson Palmer. It’s amazing they got this far.

  71. charliecharger says: Jan 25, 2016 10:34 AM

    28 teams sat home and watched Carson Palmer lead his team into the NFC Championship game. Those same 28 teams sat on their rear ends watching Tom Brady lead his team into the AFC Championship game. Both Brady and Palmer ended up on the losing end of their games. Neither of their teams would have made it this far without these two QBs. In two weeks from now, either Cam Newton or Peyton Manning will join Brady and Palmer, and go home losers. I look at all these QBs as winners. There are only a few human beings on this planet that can do what these guys are doing. That’s why they get paid $20 million a year. I’d love to bring home Carson Palmer’s paycheck.

  72. tom4121 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:38 AM

    nothing is funnier than listening to Arians lie.

    Carson Palmer is a choke artist that tried to lose last week..and sure he can beat Detroit and Tampa Bay during the season but he’s not beating many playoff teams.

  73. 6ball says: Jan 25, 2016 10:39 AM

    Every once in a while, teams have a ” Murphys Law” game where everything that can go wrong will go wrong. The Cardinals had theirs yesterday. After I saw the Patrick Peterson play, I knew it was futile.

  74. stigman2012 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:45 AM

    THEEEEER’S the Carson Palmer all of us Bengals fans know and love!

  75. thebirdofprey says: Jan 25, 2016 10:57 AM

    Carson Palmer looked nearly as bad last week but nobody was talking about that coming into the game. Some players shine in the big moments and some crumble under the pressure. If it wasn’t for a fluke INT-turned touchdown he would still be in the running for the record starts without winning a playoff game.

    The Panthers dismantled the Cardinals last night.

  76. pgolf3 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:02 AM

    2010 carson says i have money and dont need football anymore..

    2015 carson says i have money and dont need to win a playoff game………….

    same skin Quitter

  77. junkmtb says: Jan 25, 2016 11:02 AM

    Panthers played straight up lights out ball last night!!! Cardinals were out gained, out muscled, just out everything!!! SB Bound baby!!! CaMVP!!!! #keeppounding!!!

  78. sportsguy707 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:23 AM

    hmmmm …….. 4 int’s, 2 Fumbles ….. yah, I think he lost the game.

  79. lapantherfan86 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:29 AM

    Bruce Arians is nothing but fat garbage in a beret. Last year he “guaranteed” a playoff victory against Carolina before the game. After they lost, he claimed that if the Cards had a full healthy roster, they would have won, “hands down.” Coach of the year…right.

    After watching the cards get bailed out by the refs against the niners AND the vikes this year, I could not WAIT for my boys to plays them.

  80. cmoney4949 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:39 AM

    That’s worse than Kaepernick’s worst game. Kap is still a better QB over Palmer, doesn’t choke in the playoffs..

  81. mandings36 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:41 AM

    As respectfully as possible Coach Arians, what game were you watching? Maybe you don’t want to bash an individual’s play, but enough of the coach speak & get real

    He accounted for 6 turnovers, all six because of HIS lack of ball security, not a RB missing an exchange, WR tipping a pass up or running the wrong route

  82. mandings36 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:42 AM

    Somewhere, Ryan Lindley is having a good chuckle along with some PBR & Totino’s pizza rolls

  83. bubbahotepp says: Jan 25, 2016 11:51 AM

    He choked. Classic Carson.

  84. jspyle says: Jan 25, 2016 12:15 PM

    Sorry Cardinal fans. The clock struck 12:00 and Carson turned back into the turd he has always been. The guy flat out quit on the Bengals and the Raiders. Karmas a bitch aint it Carson? Four pics and two fumbles all on his own and Arians says it aint on him. Might have to rethink Arians being a good coach.

  85. med515 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:22 PM

    I haven’t seen a QB choke like Carson Palmer did the last two weeks since…hell, I’ve never seen it. That was tough to watch.

  86. notoriousbri says: Jan 25, 2016 12:35 PM

    Guess you need more than a coach with “swag” to win the NFC championship game. Better luck next year Kangol Kid

  87. coltzfan166 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:47 PM

    Does anyone remember a year ago when Arians said the Cardinals would be getting dressed in the 49ers locker room at this time next year? Good times, good times

  88. fifel1144 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:05 PM

    Bruce Arians play calling beat the Cardinals in SuperBowl 43 and the NFC Title game. Impressive. LOL

  89. therealtrenches says: Jan 25, 2016 1:19 PM

    Losing sucks, doesn’t it, Bruce? Now take it like a grownup like the rest of your colleagues.

  90. irishmanknowsall says: Jan 25, 2016 1:50 PM

    Cardinals need a larger jet. That way, they can take their defense with them on road games.

  91. nard100 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:58 PM

    Thanks for trying Bruce, but it was obvious that Carson will never get you a SB. You could see it in his eyes. He looked shell-shocked the entire day. Even in the win against GB, he looked like he could barely hold on. This defense deserves better. Carson should just retire now and call it a career. That probably won’t happen because the Bidwills are just to cheap to do what it’s going to take to upgrade the qb position.

  92. skinsdiehard says: Jan 25, 2016 4:05 PM

    Sorry, Palmer DID lose the damn game. Don’t let him throw the ball?!

  93. liquidchaoss says: Jan 26, 2016 11:20 AM

    It was 17-7 when Peterson fumbled the ball. They had the game right there. Panthers offense was struggling and Cards offense was driving on their defense pretty well. Cards just drove down the field and into the red zone when Palmer threw a pick. The Cards defense held Panthers to a 3 and out, Cards get the ball back and this time drove it down the Panthers throat with a 1 yard TD run by DJ.

    Then Cards kicked off to Panthers, held them to another 3 and out. Then Panthers punting and Patrick Peterson fumbles the ball and the defense gives up after that with 2 big runs by Stewart and then the TD and the route was on.

  94. chaffee5355 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:19 PM

    The game I saw was the one a miserable Carson Palmer played in. He just kept throwing into coverage that was impossible to complete. He knew it and so did Arians know it, so how can he make excuses for the guy. He stunk.

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