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Lions hit game-winning FG to hand Cardinals 1st loss

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) walks off the field after throwing an interception during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Quarterback Kyler Murray threw three interceptions, and the Cardinals defense couldn’t make a stand in the final five minutes as the Detroit Lions drove to set up Matt Prater for a game-winning 39-yard field goal to hand Arizona its first loss.

The Lions and Cardinals traded scoring until Arizona, which fell 26-23 at State Farm Stadium, took a 23-20 lead on Andy Isabella’s second touchdown catch of the day at the end of the third quarter.

A three-and-out by Arizona on its next possession led to a punt from the Cardinals’ own end zone, and a 19-yard return set up a short field for Detroit. Prater kicked a 35-yard field goal with 6:49 left in the game to tie it, and the Lions got the ball back after another Cardinals possession sputtered.

With two minutes left, Lions quarterback Matt Stafford dropped a deep ball into the arms of Marvin Hall for a 52-yard gain, seemingly giving the Lions the ball at Arizona’s 1-yard line. A holding on Detroit offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai negated what could have set up the deciding score.

But the Cardinals gave the Lions a first down on 2nd-and-15 with a holding call on defensive back Byron Murphy the very next play.

The drive stayed alive, and Prater hit his field goal as time expired to close a 10-play, 70-yard drive.

Murray finished 23-of-35 for 270 passing yards, two touchdowns and the three picks. He added a rushing touchdown with five carries for 29 yards.

Receiver DeAndre Hopkins was the main target for Murray, pulling in 10 catches for 137 yards.

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