Lindley has had and will have better days than Saturday in Carolina. He led Arizona’s offense to the fewest yards in NFL playoff history, just a week after ending his NFL-record streak for most pass attempts without a touchdown. There were times Lindley looked panicked, such as when he scrambled in the back of the end zone about midway through the second quarter, nearly stepping out of bounds. Lindley had time to set his feet and make a sound decision. Instead, he rushed the throw and it dropped incomplete. Maybe the stage was too big for him? Maybe he didn't have enough time to completely absorb the Cardinals' offense?
Lindley averaged 1.4 yards per dropback Saturday, the lowest by a playoff quarterback in the past nine seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Arizona failed to gain yards on 21 of his 32 dropbacks.
He struggled all around, but especially trying to move the ball vertically down the field.
Lindley was 1-of-7 for 21 yards and an interception on throws of at least 15 yards. His completion percentage of 14.3 on deep throws was Arizona's worst of the season.
Lindley had a chance to earn the backup spot with a good performance on Saturday. Those duties will likely remain with Drew Stanton, who sprained his knee late in the season after Carson Palmer went down with a torn ACL.