Interceptions thrown  T8th 12  T8th 12

first_imgInterceptions thrown T-8th (12) T-8th (12) Turnover margin5th (plus-8)13th (plus-3) Passing yards per game14th (238)19th (219.4) Points per game2nd (30.6)1st (31.3) That’s not to say the Cardinals don’t carry with them the sting of the 27-16 defeat they were dealt by the Panthers with them.Though the Arizona team that fell then was without quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Andre Ellington, among others, leaving the field with their season ended left a feeling they have no intention of replicating this weekend.“It motivated us; not only me, but this organization, this football team a ton because we felt that we were right there to win in that ball game,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “There were times in that ball game we had an opportunity to win that game, so it was a very, very disappointing moment leaving that stadium, but we knew that if we had a healthy quarterback, if we eliminated the turnovers, we thought we had a good opportunity of winning that ball game.“For the most part, this is a different team we’re going to face up there in Carolina and they’re going to face a different team as well. This is the healthiest we’ve been in a long time and to go into the NFC Championship with your starting quarterback, it gives you a little bit more relief.” Passing yards per game2nd (288.5)24th (224.3) Comments   Share   Turnover margin4th (plus-9)1st (plus-20) Sacks24th (35)T-13th (40) Interceptions4th (19)1st (24) Sacks allowed T-6th (28) T-20 (42) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Points per game24th (19.4)19th (21.2) 2014 StatisticCardinals rankPanthers rank Rushing yards per game31st (81.8)7th (127.3) SacksT-20th (36)6th (44) The NFL playoff seedings ended up looking accurate based on the teams’ abilities.Both the AFC and NFC championship games this weekend feature the first and second seeds in each conference. And for the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers, who clash Sunday at 4:40 p.m. in Charlotte, the statistics likewise hint toward their respective success over the 16-game regular season. Opponent points per gameT-7th (19.6)6th (19.3) Yards per game24th (319.8)16th (346.7) Yards per game1st (408.3)11th (366.9) InterceptionsT-7th (18)T-14th (14) Yards per playT-20th (5.2)T-20th (5.2) As you can see, both the Cardinals and Panthers are two of the best teams in the NFL in many important statistical categories, giving further evidence that while this is a rematch from last year’s postseason, these teams are very different from the versions that took the same field roughly one year ago.Those Panthers finished the regular season with a 7-8-1 record, hosting the game over the 11-5 Cardinals only because they won a rather pitiful NFC South. The Cardinals, on the other hand, may have had 11 wins, but the team that went to Carolina was barely a shell of the one that earned all those victories.“Yeah, there really isn’t anything to compare with last year, other than we played Carolina at their place,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “But they’re a different football team. We’re a totally different team.”Here’s where the 2014 versions of the Cardinals and Panthers ranked in the same statistical categories. Sacks allowedT-4th (27)T-11th (33) Opponent points per game5th (18.7)21st (23.4) 2015 StatisticCardinals rankPanthers rank Interceptions thrownT-17th (13)8th (10) Yards per playT-1st (6.3)T-12th (5.5) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Take-away fumbles3rd (14)T-1st (15) Take-away fumbles T-22nd (7) T-6th (12) Rushing yards per game8th (119.8)2nd (142.6) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more