first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — For all of the things Carson Palmer has accomplished as an NFL quarterback — 83 wins, 40,036 yards, 259 touchdown passes, three Pro Bowls — one thing he has not done is win a playoff game.His postseason resume is quite short with just two starts, and neither went well for him as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.His first came on Jan. 8, 2006, and his day ended with a torn ACL after completing a 66-yard pass on the second offensive play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Without him, his team lost 31-17 at home. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks over the Green Bay Packers defense during an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini) When asked, Palmer has refused to buy into the idea that a win over the Packers and subsequent deep playoff run could mean as much for him as it could for his team and franchise. No doubt he’s aware of his standing, but his focus is where it has been all season, and that’s on trying to win as many games as possible and get his team to Super Bowl 50.“It would be awesome,” he said of the possibility of winning Saturday. “Having a chance to play next week in Carolina or back here at home would be phenomenal. I am focused on this game and not the ramifications of it.” Palmer’s second playoff game was four years later, and on Jan. 9, 2010, he completed just 18-of-36 passes for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 24-14 home loss to the New York Jets.For a while it seemed as though that might be it for Palmer’s postseason chances, as he languished with Cincinnati and then later the Oakland Raiders for a handful of seasons, most of which finished with losing records. His fortunes changed when he was traded to Arizona before the 2013 season, and after the Cardinals just missed a postseason berth in 2013, they seemed poise to not only make the playoffs but put together a deep run in 2014.Then Palmer tore his ACL and missed his team’s 26-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers.Needless to say, it would be understandable if he is just a little bit pumped as he prepares for Saturday’s Divisional Round matchup with the Green Bay Packers given how long it has been since he’s competed in a playoff game.“I don’t really think much about the time or the gap in time,” he said Tuesday. “I am excited about playing. I’m fired up and looking to pick up where we left off to see what areas we can improve on, what areas I can improve on.last_img

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