Cardinals Record Most Turnovers in Any Playoff Game Since 2001

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 25, 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 24:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Cardinals couldn't get out of their own way during Sunday's 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game, recording the most turnovers (seven) by any team in a playoff game since the Green Bay Packers had eight in a 2001 NFC divisional playoff loss to the St. Louis Rams, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Quarterback Carson Palmer played at an MVP level during the regular season, but he was the primary culprit in Sunday's miscue-filled effort, throwing four interceptions and losing a pair of fumbles.

The other turnover came on special teams, with star cornerback Patrick Peterson muffing a punt in the second quarter to set the Panthers up for a touchdown that extended the lead to 24-7.

Although Palmer was undoubtedly the day's real goat, Peterson's muff came at the worst time possible, as Arizona had finally picked up some momentum with a 79-yard touchdown drive that was followed by a three-and-out by its defense.

Instead of having a chance to cut the lead to three points before halftime, the Cardinals were forced to defend a short field against the explosive Carolina offense.

Peterson did provide a spark right before halftime with an interception that he returned 72 yards to the Carolina 22-yard line, only to watch Palmer throw a pick of his own on the very next snap.

The rest was history, with the Cardinals never cutting the deficit to fewer than 17 points after halftime.