Offense was hard to come by for most of the game. The Panthers were unable to cash in on red-zone opportunities, settling for a 22-yard field goal and missing a fourth-down conversion in the first half. Carolina blew another chance to score late in the second quarter when Cam Newton threw an interception to Patrick Peterson at the 1-yard line. Peterson took it back to midfield, giving Arizona a chance to take the lead before halftime, but Palmer threw his second interception of the game in the end zone. The Panthers drove down the field and made a 51-yard field goal as time expired, going into the locker room up, 6-3.
The Cardinals finally found the end zone thanks to solid running efforts from Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall used a goal-line plunge to give his team the 10-6 lead. Arizona extended that lead when Calais Campbell sacked Newton in the end zone for a safety. The Panthers continued to squander red-zone opportunities as Newton threw another pick to Daryl Washington. Following Newton's third interception, Arizona put the game away for good with a Jim Dray touchdown pass from Palmer.
Fantasy studs and duds
With only two offensive touchdowns combined, there weren't many fantasy points to go around. Despite the win, Carson Palmer put up an ugly stat line, completing 19-of-28 passes for just 175 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Cam Newton wasn't any better, also throwing three interceptions.
No notable injuries were reported in this game.
Did they cover?
The Panthers were 3-point favorites heading into the game, according to OddsShark, and failed to cover by losing big.
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