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Five numbers that explain the Cardinals' historic season

Bruce Arians, Carson Palmer and the Cardinals set some franchise records that will be difficult to break. AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

TEMPE, Ariz. – It’s one thing to say the Arizona Cardinals had a historic season.

It’s another when the accomplishments of the 2015 Cardinals are put in perspective: They had the best season in the franchise's 117-years history.

Here are five numbers that explain why this season was the Cardinals' best ever:

13-3: The Cardinals’ record. It’s the best in franchise history. The Cardinals had won 11 games four previous times, most recently last season. They last lost three games in a season in 1975, when, in a 14-game season, the Cards went 11-3.

489 points: Total points scored by Arizona in 2015. The Cardinals began the season scoring at a rapid rate and didn’t let up. But how potent was this year’s offense? It broke the previous scoring record in Week 15 against the Eagles. It would’ve taken the 2008 Cardinals, who held the record with 427 points in a season, 19 games -- at the rate they scored -- to eclipse the new mark.

58: The total number of touchdowns by Arizona. This stat might stand for a while. The previous record was 53 in 1948, by the Chicago Cardinals. Arizona scored 51 offensive touchdowns, six defensive touchdowns and one on special teams.

35: The number of passing touchdowns by the Cardinals. They have adapted to coach Bruce Arians’ pass-happy persona quite well. The Cards toppled the previous record of 32, which was set by the Kurt Warner-led Cardinals in 2007.

6,533: Total yards gained in 2015. This year’s edition of the Cardinals flew by the previous record, which was 6,348, set in 1984 when Neil Lomax was at the helm at quarterback.