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2014 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2014 season was the Arizona Cardinals' 95th in the National Football League, their 27th in Arizona and their second under head coach Bruce Arians. Following an explosive 9–1 start to the regular season, they finished at 11–5, achieving their highest win total since 1975 when they were still in St. Louis (also their highest total in a 16-game season). The Cardinals clinched their first playoff berth since 2009, and had a chance to become the first team to try to play the Super Bowl on their own home field, University of Phoenix Stadium. However, after season-ending injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, they were forced to start third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley in the wild-card round, losing to the 7–8–1 Carolina Panthers by a score of 27–16. The 2014 Cardinals were the sixth team during the Super Bowl-era to qualify for the playoffs in a season in which their stadium hosted the Super Bowl and the first since the 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were also the first team since the NFL re-alignment in 2002 to do so. They were followed by the 2016 Houston Texans and the 2017 Minnesota Vikings.

Draft

  • Note: The Cardinals traded their original first-round selection (No. 20 overall) to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the Saints' first- (No. 27 overall) and third- (No. 91 overall) round selections.

    Staff

    Final roster

    Schedule

    Preseason



    By defeating the Texans 32–0, this would be the second consecutive season in which the Cardinals shutout their first preseason opponent.

    Regular season



    :Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

    Postseason

    Game summaries

    Regular season

    Week 1: vs. San Diego Chargers

    Week 2: at New York Giants

    Week 3: vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Week 5: at Denver Broncos

    Week 6: vs. Washington Redskins

    Week 7: at Oakland Raiders

    Week 8: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

    Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys

    Week 10: vs. St. Louis Rams

    Carson Palmer would suffer a season-ending injury on his left-knee. Drew Stanton would take over as quarterback for the rest of the game. Thanks to the efforts of the defense during the fourth quarter, the Cardinals rallied to beat the Rams 31-14.

    Week 11: vs. Detroit Lions

    Week 12: at Seattle Seahawks

    Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons

    Week 14: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

    Week 15: at St. Louis Rams

    Week 16: vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Week 17: at San Francisco 49ers

    This would snap the 49ers' 4-game losing streak in Levi's Stadium. With the loss, the Cardinals finished their season to 11-5.

    Postseason

    NFC Wild Card Playoffs: at #4 Carolina Panthers



    The Cardinals' offensive performance was historically bad as the team lost to the 7-8-1 Panthers, by a final score of 27-16, and were eliminated from the postseason. They committed three turnovers (two of them being red zone interceptions), gained only 8 first downs (and only 2 first downs in the second half) and recorded 78 net yards of offense, the fewest yards gained in a playoff game by any team in NFL postseason history. After a 9-1 start, the Cardinals went 2-5 in their final seven games.

    Standings



    Division

    Conference