2014 Arizona Cardinals season

The 2014 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 95th season in the National Football League, the 27th in Arizona and the second under head coach Bruce Arians. Following an explosive 9–1 start to the regular season, they finished at a disappointing 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.

2014 Arizona Cardinals season
Head coachBruce Arians
General managerSteve Keim
OwnerBill Bidwill
Home fieldUniversity of Phoenix Stadium
Results
Record11–5
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Panthers) 27–16
Pro BowlersJustin Bethel, ST
Calais Campbell, DE
Antonio Cromartie, CB
Patrick Peterson, CB
Uniform
Ariz Cardinals uniforms

Draft

2014 Arizona Cardinals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 27 Deone Bucannon  S Washington St Pick from NO
2 52 Troy Niklas  TE Notre Dame
3 84 Kareem Martin  DE North Carolina
3 91 John Brown  WR Pittsburg St Pick from NO
4 120 Logan Thomas  QB Virginia Tech
5 160 Ed Stinson  DE Alabama
6 196 Walt Powell  WR Murray St
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career
  • 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

2014 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Amos Jones
  • Assistant Special Teams – Anthony Blevins

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Buddy Morris
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Pete Alosi
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Roger Kingdom

Final roster

2014 Arizona Cardinals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 11 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 Houston Texans W 32–0 1–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 August 16 at Minnesota Vikings L 28–30 1–1 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
3 August 24 Cincinnati Bengals L 13–19 1–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 August 28 at San Diego Chargers L 9–12 1–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

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

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 San Diego Chargers W 18–17 1–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 September 14 at New York Giants W 25–14 2–0 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 21 San Francisco 49ers W 23–14 3–0 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 Bye
5 October 5 at Denver Broncos L 20–41 3–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
6 October 12 Washington Redskins W 30–20 4–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
7 October 19 at Oakland Raiders W 24–13 5–1 O.co Coliseum Recap
8 October 26 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–20 6–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
9 November 2 at Dallas Cowboys W 28–17 7–1 AT&T Stadium Recap
10 November 9 St. Louis Rams W 31–14 8–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
11 November 16 Detroit Lions W 14–6 9–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
12 November 23 at Seattle Seahawks L 3–19 9–2 CenturyLink Field Recap
13 November 30 at Atlanta Falcons L 18–29 9–3 Georgia Dome Recap
14 December 7 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–14 10–3 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
15 December 11 at St. Louis Rams W 12–6 11–3 Edward Jones Dome Recap
16 December 21 Seattle Seahawks L 6–35 11–4 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
17 December 28 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–20 11–5 Levi's Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 3, 2015 at Carolina Panthers (4) L 16–27 0–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

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.[1]

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 number of 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

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Seattle Seahawks 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 W6
(5) Arizona Cardinals 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 L2
San Francisco 49ers 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 W1
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 L3

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[a] Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 140 W6
2[a] Green Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 486 348 138 W2
3[a] Dallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 467 352 115 W4
4 Carolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 –35 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] Arizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 11 L2
6[b] Detroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 321 282 39 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 474 400 74 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 –34 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 –23 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 325 343 –18 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 380 400 –20 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 –36 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 –30 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 319 442 –123 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 301 438 –137 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 –133 L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nfl/cardinals/2014/11/09/defense-carries-cardinals-past-rams-nfl/18775997/
  2. ^ "2014 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "2014 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 30, 2014.

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