Lindley struggled to find his receivers throughout the game, with his leading receiver Larry Fitzgerald reaching just 31 yards.
He was also sacked four times. The Cardinals totaled just 78 yards in the game, the fewest by any team in a playoff game in NFL history.
Lindley's season ends with just 644 yards passing and three touchdown passes in four games for the Cardinals. He also had six interceptions.
The Panthers are considered 6 1/2-point favorites against the Cardinals. The line opened at 4 1/2 points, according to VegasInsider.com.
Lindley will be facing a Panthers defense that allowed 227.8 passing yards per game during the regular season. Carolina also allowed 25 passing touchdowns in 16 games, while totaling 14 interceptions and 40 sacks.
Lindley completed 23 of 39 passes for 316 yards. He threw two touchdowns, but also added three interceptions during the contest. When Lindley had time to throw, he was able to take shots down the field. He averaged 8.1 yards per completion. Drew Stanton's status remains up in the air, meaning Lindley could start the team's first playoff game next week. The Cardinals are set to take on the Panthers. The Panthers are favored by -4.5 points.
Arians earlier said he'd play Thomas for at least the first half. But that was before Thomas failed to inspire confidence at Wednesday's practice.
Thomas has appeared in two games, completing 1 of 9 throws. Starter
Arizona remains a 6-point underdog Sunday.
After earlier saying
Thomas has appeared in two games, completing 1 of 9 passes. That completion was an 81-yard touchdown to running back Andre Ellington.
Quarterback Drew Stanton (knee) isn't expected to be ready until the playoffs, so Lindley is the only option behind Thomas. Lindley has zero touchdowns and eight interceptions in 225 career pass attempts. Arizona has not scored a touchdown in its past two games.
A 6-6, 250-pounder out of Virginia Tech, Thomas had a "shaky" start to Wednesday's practice before finishing "pretty strong," according to Arians.
Arizona is a 6-point underdog Sunday. The line opened at 4.5 before bettors pounced on the 49ers.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Cardinals can win the NFC West with a victory and a Seattle loss to the Rams.
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