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Arizona Cardinals rack up record day in penalties

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera questions head linesman Derick Bowers (74), referee Walt Coleman (65) and side judge Alan Eck (76) about a call during the second half of Sunday’s game.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera questions head linesman Derick Bowers (74), referee Walt Coleman (65) and side judge Alan Eck (76) about a call during the second half of Sunday’s game. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

The penalties came so often in Sunday’s Cardinals-Panthers game that on two occasions refs ran out of flags to throw and had to resort to throwing their hats instead.

Arizona and Carolina combined for 15 penalties (128 yards), and 10 of those were flagged on the Cardinals for 88 yards. It’s the most the team has racked up all season.

Back-to-back flags in the fourth quarter also set up a second-and-44, the first of its kind for any team since 2001.

Quarterback Carson Palmer drew the second after he shouted at a referee following an illegal use-of-hands call on D.J. Humphries, which negated a 27-yard catch by Andre Ellington.

“All I said was, ‘Are you freaking kidding me? That’s three flags in a row!’ ” Palmer told reporters after the game. “Then he took his hat off and threw another one.

“I have to keep my composure there. I have said a lot worse to refs without getting flagged. I let the frustrations of some of the penalties that they were calling affect me. I lost my cool and I can’t do that.”

Five penalties during or after receiving plays negated gains of 18, 6, 2, 11 and 27 yards, respectively.

“That’s obviously not ideal to be in that situation, but you just have to block that out and focus on the next play and not worry about the last play or the missed call or the bad call,” said Palmer. “You just have to focus on what’s next and be ready for the next play.”

Jourdan Rodrigue: 704-358-5071, @jourdanrodrigue

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