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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Never again will Carson Palmer have to hear about never winning a playoff game.By virtue of the Arizona Cardinals’ 26-20 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers Saturday, that story line has been put to bed.Now he’ll have to hear about how has never played particularly well in a playoff game.Palmer completed 25-of-41 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns, though he was picked off twice and could have easily been intercepted a third time. For a player who had an MVP-caliber season, it was a performance that will rank among his worst of the year. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona general manager Steve Keim, a guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday, noted how the quarterback was off at times throughout the game.“But again when we needed him the most, he came through for us,” he said. “To me that is the ability of Carson Palmer. A leader, a champion, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be ready to play on Sunday night.”That ability to bounce back from mistakes is something Palmer has had to learn throughout his career. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2003 is in his 13th NFL season but about to play in his first conference championship game.“Yeah, it’s easy to dwell on things like that, but the experience I have, I’ve learned from a lot of opportunities and situations,” he said. “You’ve got to forget about it and move on. There is no other thought. You’ve just got to move on.”No doubt the preference would be for Palmer to not have negative plays he needs get past, but in the NFL there are bound to be some and his confidence rubs off on the rest of the team.“I think he displayed why he’s an MVP candidate and a guy who’s so respected around this league,” Fitzgerald said after the game. “He comes out and throws three touchdowns and leads us in the second half with the way he performed. He made some great plays and got out of pressure. 0 Comments   Share   The Cardinals did win the coin toss and 65 seconds later the game, too. It was the first playoff victory for quarterback and head coach.“Yes, it feels good,” Palmer said of the milestone. “It feels better than I thought. But in no way are we done or satisfied. We’re excited but we’re excited about what’s ahead of us.”That would be the NFC Championship Game, and with that will come a whole different level of stress. That will certainly be a challenge for both Palmer, Arians and the entire team, but they’ll be preparing for it without the stigma of having never won a postseason game.Feels good, huh?“Oh man,” Arians said. “I went over and wiped Carson’s off his back and he brushed mine off my back. Those monkeys are good to get rid of.” – / 40 “That’s the kind of leader we’re all going to follow.”There is at least one more game to play, with the hope of there being another after that.With his first postseason win out of the way, now Palmer will now lead a team on the road in a playoff game for the first time. Arians does not think there will be any issues there, saying he thinks any jitters there may have been are behind the quarterback.In fact, the only time Arians said he noticed anything different with Palmer was when they were picking plays, though he has no plans on changing that approach to game planning.“We have good conversations,” he said. “It was a time to trust his feelings, and that’s one of those things that I know when to stop trying to talk him into a play because he’s not going to do what I want on that play anyway.”That’s why Arians said he never overrules his quarterback when choosing the first 20 or so plays. And as the game was heading into overtime, it was Palmer’s confidence that led the coach to feeling good about his team’s chances.“As soon as I saw Carson the first time,” he said of when he knew things would be fine. “When they scored, I turned around and the first face I saw was Carson’s, and he was pissed. So it was like, ‘We’re OK. All we’ve got to do is win the coin toss and we’ll be fine.”center_img Chalk it up as a Week 19 learning experience.“Not to be conservative in the first half when you’re picking your plays,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of what was gleaned from Saturday night. “We talked about it, this was a game where he picked a lot of shorter completions early instead of going for them like we normally do.“I think that was part of, ‘I don’t want to screw this up.’ Now that we don’t have to worry about doing that anymore we can go back to being ourselves.”To Arians’ point, Palmer averaged just 5.28 yards per pass attempt Saturday in the first half, which saw the Cardinals score seven points, and 10.18 yards per attempt in the second half and overtime, a time frame in which Arizona scored 19 points.No doubt a big part of the statistical surge can be attributed to one pass — a 75-yard catch-and-run from Larry Fitzgerald to open overtime — but the idea that Palmer may have been playing things a bit safe in the early going is not unfounded. Take the long Fitzgerald play out of it and he still averaged 7.69 yards per attempt after halftime.But while Palmer had his fair share of issues Saturday, most with Arizona will look at how he pushed through them and was able to lead the Cardinals to a win. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) leave the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img