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Carson Palmer is Totally Going Down!

Carson Palmer

You know how we LOVE totally misleading stats that are presented with absolutely no context. Like this totally misleading Aaron Rodgers’ stat right here.

Well, someone has given us a gem about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.

Ready for it?

Carson Palmer has NEVER won a playoff game. He’s totally going DOWN!

Here’s the thing about that stat right there.

Carson Palmer has played in just two playoff games in his entire career.

How can that be, you say?

He’s been in the league since 1987!

Well, not quite, but he has been in the league for a while. Twelve years, to be exact.

He spent seven of those years with the Cincinnati Buttholes, two with the Oakland Raiders and now three with the Cardinals. So that should answer your inquiry right there.

The Buttholes don’t win in the playoffs, the Raiders don’t make the playoffs and Palmer missed most of 2014, so he didn’t play with the Cardinals in the playoffs. This weekend will mark Palmer’s third playoff start overall and first with the Cardinals.

Palmer’s previous two playoff contests were following the 2005 and 2009 seasons, both with Cincinnati.

In the first, Palmer completed his only pass before getting knocked from the game with a busted knee. That turned into a 31-17 Steelers’ win. In the second, he went 18-of-36 for 146 yards, one touchdown and one interception. That was a 24-14 Jets’ win.

So you want another true, but completely misleading statement?

Carson Palmer is a terrible playoff quarterback!

Statistically true, but based on just a one-game sample size.

You’re here looking for a positive for the Green Bay Packers, though. Well, despite being around since ’87, Palmer is still an inexperienced playoff quarterback.

In fact, even though he’s four years younger, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has played in 11 more playoff games than Palmer has.

So there you go.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. icebowl January 15, 2016

    Statistics are only wrong 50% of the time….

  2. icebowl January 15, 2016

    Actually Vin Scully said it way better than I could ever…

    “Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.”

    I’ll be drinking w a flashlight before the game….

  3. Skinny January 15, 2016

    Palmer is 36 guys, he’s generally not looked at as being a top tier qb, he’s also dinged up, and he doesn’t have a lot of experience in these types of games. There is a hell of a good chance to see a meltdown from him tomorrow.

  4. cd4packers January 15, 2016

    Being able to overcome the negatives of past failures triumphantly is the sign of a competent, confident QB who is capable of becoming SB champion material. Whether Carson Palmer is that guy, is yet to be seen. Will he be able to step up and get the job done? I hope not. But sometimes, some people do their best work under immense pressure. Like our very own Aaron Rodgers. For instance look how many times Rodgers has brought the Packers out of the crapper. I would list them all. But then I would have to apologize to packattack for being too windy. :)

  5. Deepsky January 15, 2016

    The Packers lost against the Cardinals in the last game first because of lack of pass protection for Rodgers, but the other big reason was lack of a pass rush on Carson Palmer. The Packers must get a strong pass rush right up the middle if they are going to win this game.

  6. Fritz fm WI January 16, 2016

    Palmer may be on the verge of going down for the long count after one hard sack.

    welcome to playoff roulette guys!