The NFC title game didn’t get off to a good start for the Cardinals, even before it started.
Coach Bruce Arians disclosed on Monday that he wasn’t happy with late notice from the league that the team’s entry to the field would be delayed by five minutes.
“I was a little disappointed because we were ready to come out of the locker room and take the field, when we were told there’s a five-minute delay,” Arians said, via Kent Somers of azcentral.com. “That didn’t sit very well with me, I’ll tell you that.”
Arians didn’t use the delay as an excuse for the 17-0 deficit in which the Cardinals found themselves in the first quarter, but he made it clear that he found the development frustrating.
“That didn’t have any effect [on the game] but it does emotionally some, when you go back and sit back down after you’re ready to go out,” Arians said. “But I don’t think it had anything to do with the start of the game, other than my blood pressure.”
It likely didn’t affect the game, unless the Panthers got more notice of the delay than the Cardinals did and adjusted to it accordingly and didn’t have an unexpected curveball thrown their way as they were heading out to the field.
Or maybe the Panthers simply took it all in stride and didn’t freak out in the moment, which the Cardinals sort of did from the moment the game started.