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first_img Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   The offensive line struggled in pass protection, leading to Palmer’s fumbles and the ensuing skittishness. Meanwhile, the defense allowed an 86-yard touchdown to Corey Brown thanks to a missed tackle.Cam Newton 86-yard TD pass to Corey Brown, longest pass in a conference championship since Brett Favre, 2007 (90 to Donald Driver vs Giants)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2016Perhaps the only thing that went right for the Cardinals in the first half was running back David Johnson, the rookie who took 13 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 25 yards. – / 69 More painfully, Arizona’s two veteran leaders were the ones struggling to hang onto the ball.Quarterback Carson Palmer finished the game with two fumbles and four interceptions thrown as he forced balls down the field attempting to make up the first-half deficit.Palmer twice fumbled in the first half and, following a Patrick Peterson interception return that flipped the field, immediately threw a pick in the end zone.Another look of the Carson Palmer fumble.— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 25, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer fumbles as he is hit by Carolina Panthers’ Kawann Short and Mario Addison (97) during the first half the NFL football NFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Turnovers often make or a break a game.And when it’s the NFC Championship game against the highest-scoring team in the league that happens to be the best at forcing turnovers, that could mean doom. The Arizona Cardinals turned the ball over four times in the first half against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, finding themselves down 24-7 at the break before falling 49-15 in Charlotte.Arizona finished the game with seven turnovers. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Carson Palmer fumbles again.— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 25, 2016Peterson made the pick following his own miscue, a fumble on a punt return. Patrick Peterson not quite square to the ball, couldn’t hang on— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016Peterson’s interception and ensuing return set up Palmer to lead the Cardinals to a second score. But he immediately threw a pick.Kurt Coleman interception on Carson Palmer.— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 25, 2016Turnovers weren’t the only issues for head coach Bruce Arians’ team.last_img read more