ARIZONA CARDINALS

Win over Seahawks could be growth point for Kyler Murray, Cardinals

Oct 25, 2020, 10:55 PM | Updated: Oct 26, 2020, 12:49 am

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Larry Fi...

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — His emotions came out more frequently and definitely more demonstratively.

Kyler Murray threw his hands in the air when running back Kenyan Drake dropped a dump-off pass. The second-year quarterback laid into one of his teammates early on as the Cardinals trailed the Seattle Seahawks by as many as 13 and sunk to his knees when he threw what felt like a back-breaking interception in the fourth quarter.

He smiled when he saw DeAndre Hopkins in single coverage, flexed when he dove for a touchdown to bring Arizona within 27-24 in the third quarter and laughed it up with his teammates on the sidelines.

Then he led Arizona to a 37-34 overtime win over MVP-favorite Russell Wilson.

“These are the games you honestly dream about, growing up watching Sunday Night Football,” Murray said. “To be a part of these games, you got to win, you got to keep winning. I’m super proud of the team, the way we fought, not giving up, no matter the circumstances, keep battling, keep battling.

“Wanting to be the best, you got to beat the best. I think that was a big, big step for us.”

It could be a seminal moment in his career as the second-year quarterback completed 34-of-48 passes for 360 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Murray also led Arizona with 67 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Meanwhile, Wilson had his star moments while throwing for 388 yards and three scores at State Farm Stadium, but three interceptions killed Seattle during its first loss in six games.

Murray joins Tom Brady as the only signal-callers to throw three or more touchdowns and overcome a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit against Wilson — Brady did so in Super Bowl XLIX at then-University of Phoenix Stadium.

Between Murray and Wilson, Sunday marked the first time in NFL history two quarterbacks each passed for more than 300 yards and rushed for 50 more.

Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray’s competitiveness came out after the Cardinals, with nearly three minutes left in overtime and on 2nd-and-15, opted to attempt a 41-yard game-winning field goal that was missed by Zane Gonzalez.

“Super competitive, he had that look in his eyes the whole game,” Kingsbury said of Murray. “I mean, he told me, he said, basically, ‘Don’t ever be conservative again. I got you.’ And he went out there and won it in the end. Any time you’re going toe-to-toe with a guy like Russell Wilson, I know that meant a lot to him.”

For Arizona (5-2) as a whole, the growth of its young quarterback wasn’t the only thing that stood out.

It’s that his emotions and fight came out in his teammates.

The Cardinals trailed 27-17 in the first half and gave up 377 yards — the most of any team in a half this year — to 216 of their own. The Seahawks only gained 154 more on 4.4 yards per play in the second half, and Wilson threw for just 75 yards in the third and fourth quarters as Arizona forced overtime.

Defensive contributions helped Arizona even though the Cardinals were hit hard on the injury front.

They lost starting defensive ends Zach Allen and then Jordan Phillips. Budda Baker and Dre Kirkpatrick lost snaps due to injuries before returning.

Linebacker Jordan Hicks left before the final defensive possession for unknown reasons and was replaced by Tanner Vallejo, who made key stops that helped push the Seahawks off the field, setting up Gonzalez’s 48-yard field goal that forced overtime with a 34-34 score.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who Kingsbury credited for listening to his players in making halftime adjustments, made several aggressive calls despite the personnel changes.

Nickel Byron Murphy blitzed off the edge unblocked for a sack on third down of Seattle’s first overtime possession, setting up Gonzalez’s missed field goal.

The next possession for Seattle — on another third down — it appeared that Arizona was bringing the house on Wilson, but three inside linebackers and outside backer Kylie Fitts dropped into coverage. Wilson lofted a ball that was intercepted by little-used rookie Isaiah Simmons to set up the game-winning drive.

What did the Cardinals learn?

“It’s great for the young guys on this football team to know what it takes to continue to dig down deep while you’re in games, because you’re never out of it,” Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “Today gave us that confidence and that will power to know that we can do anything possible once we put our minds to it.”

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) dives in for a touchdown as Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) dives in for a touchdown as Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) breaks the tackle of Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (20) breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is hit by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella (17) is hit by Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) escapes the reach of Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) as outside linebacker Haason Reddick (43) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (41) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) pulls in a touchdown pass as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (20) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) escapes the reach of Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Devon Kennard (42) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (89) can't pull in a catch in the end zone as Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell (59) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson looks into a television camera after making an interception against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Devon Kennard (42) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (41) is helped off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake is carted off the field after an injury against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) lunges for a touchdown as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar (22) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks with line judge Tim Podraza (47) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) kicks a game-tying field goal as punter Andy Lee (4) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) gets the throw off as Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kylie Fitts makes the hit during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) celebrates with long snapper Aaron Brewer (46) after kicking the game winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 37-34 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) kicks the game winning field goal as punter Andy Lee (4) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 37-34 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez kicks the game winning field goal as punter Andy Lee (4) holds during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 37-34 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez, right, celebrates his game winning field goal with offensive guard Justin Pugh (67)during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 37-34 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) celebrates his game-winning field goal with teammates after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 37-34 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez (5) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 37-34 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks fans watch their teams prior to an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett scores a touchdown as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (20) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Russell Wilson (3), offensive tackle Duane Brown (76) and offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (74) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly (89) kneels during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Some of the Seattle Seahawks sit during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray recovers his bobbled snap against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray avoids the sack as Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, right, makes the hit during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws as Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Devon Kennard (42) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen (88) can't hold on in the end zone as Arizona Cardinals safety Deionte Thompson (22) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals compete during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) scores a touchdown as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar (22) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks fans watch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals fans watch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) runs as Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker, left, intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson, right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Safety Budda Baker #32 of the Arizona Cardinals runs back a 90-yard interception to the Seattle Seahawks 8-yard line in the first quarter of the game at State Farm Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf tackles Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) short of the goal line after Baker intercepted a pass during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde (30) runs in for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, right during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde (30) celebrates his touchdown with teammate David Moore (83) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, left, pulls in a touchdown catch as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde (30) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) pulls in a touchdown catch against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) celebrates his touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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