By the Numbers: Cardinals Hit the Books

You watched the Cardinals defeat the Packers, so you probably know that the game was the highest-scoring in playoff history. But there is much more engaging, yet useless information to amaze your buddies with. We dish up all the record breakers, history makers and also offer plenty of reasons to cement Kurt Warner's name as a future Hall of Famer...

We're talking playoffs, Warner and record books....

--The Cardinals, along with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings, are the only teams from their division that are riding back-to-back playoff appearances.

--Kurt Warner helped launch his team to 51 points against the Packers. The Cardinals final score is the highest point total for a team in the playoffs since the Jacksonville Jaguars set an NFL-record with 62 points on Jan. 15, 2000 against the Miami Dolphins. The Cardinals 51 points also represented the franchise's highest point total since 1963, when the Cardinals scored 56 against Minnesota.

--Speaking of Warner, he has been the quarterback of two of the teams that have played in two of the three highest scoring games in playoff history (Arizona, 2009 and St. Louis, 1999).

Karlos Dansby
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--The Cardinals defense racked up a milestone. Karlos Dansby's 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown was just 1:18 into overtime, which is the second-fastest overtime score in a playoff game. The league-leading fastest score came in the NFC Divisional game between the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants on Jan. 7, 1990. The Rams scored on a 30-yard touchdown pass just 76 seconds into the overtime period.

--Also on the defensive front, Dansby's fumble return for a TD is just the second time in Cardinals history that an overtime game ended on a defensive touchdown. The first time occurred on Oct. 29, 1995 against Seattle. Lorenzo Lynch recorded a pick-six to defeat the Seahawks.

--Joining Dansby in his success, is CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The second-year player made an interception on the first play of the game. He now has three postseason interceptions in five appearances. He has tied Aeneas Williams with the franchise record for most picks in the postseason. Williams registered three in the 1998 playoffs.

--The Cardinals and the Packers will dually join the record books. Their 13 combined touchdowns (Cardinals, seven and Packers, six), is an NFL postseason record. Philadelphia and Detroit held the previous record from their Wild Card matchup back in 1995.

--That said, nine of the game's 13 touchdowns were through the air, which ties an NFL record for most passing touchdowns in a playoff game. The stat also matches the final total from the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings clash of 2000. Warner led the Rams to five passing touchdowns, the only other time in his career that he threw for five in a postseason game.

Larry Fitzgerald
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--Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has no reason to hang his head low. Sunday's game also marked the second time since the start of the Super Bowl era that two quarterbacks threw for more than 300 yards and more than four touchdowns in the same game. You guessed it.. Warner was involved in the other game (Rams vs. Vikings on Jan. 16, 2000).

--Warner's yardage represented a personal achievement as well. His 379 yards mark his sixth career postseason game with more than 300 yards, which ties Peyton Manning and Joe Montana for the NFL postseason record.

--On the other side of the Cardinals-Packers touchdowns were 11 different players who scored touchdowns, an NFL postseason record.

--One of those players was Larry Fitzgerald who has more receiving yards in the first five postseason games (628) than any other player in NFL history. Randy Moss previously held the record with 584 yards. Fitzgerald needed just 39 yards in last Sunday's game to pass the record. He recorded 82.

--We can't forget the man behind much of the madness, Ken Whisenhunt. Sunday's win marked his fourth postseason victory as head coach of the Cardinals, a franchise record.

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