The cards were stacked against Arizona, but the NFC West Champions never stopped believing. The Cardinals got in the quarterback's head for the second consecutive week.
Arizona's defense read Jake Delhomme like an open book. Defensive backs read the routes with ease and the defensive front-seven stuffed the Panthers' ground game like a turkey.
The explosive running back tandem of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams was kept to 75 yards, the Panthers lowest rushing numbers since week six. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers squashed Carolina's run game, allowing just 40 yards.
Defense was the name of the game for Arizona, as the Panthers didn't stand a chance in the air either. Veteran WR Steve Smith didn't see a reception until the third quarter. Smith would go on to post a touchdown with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. The Panthers went 56 minutes without a score, after Stewart's opening drive touchdown.
--If Philadelphia defeats the New York Giants, the Cardinals will take the NFC Championship game home, where they are 7-2.
--Putting points on the board early is important for Arizona. The Cardinals are 9-0 in games when they are leading after the third quarter. The Cardinals defense played a big role in getting the Cardinals an early advantage.
--The Cardinals improved to 10-0 when they break even or win the turnover battle.
-In 14 games, the Cardinals have scored 30-plus points. Out of 33 points, 26 points were created from turnovers on Saturday.
--Rodgers-Cromartie moves to six interceptions in the last nine games.