By the numbers: A look at Cardinals’ SNF overtime win over Seahawks
Oct 26, 2020, 11:52 AM | Updated: Oct 27, 2020, 8:11 am
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Talk about a thriller.
The Arizona Cardinals stepped up in yet another primetime matchup, taking a 37-34 overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
The win moves Arizona to 5-2 on the season, tying their win total from just a year prior.
The drama was alive and well at State Farm Stadium to say the least, with Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson trading blows throughout the night and recording seven total touchdowns between the two.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the SNF numbers that stood out in the victory:
Murray showed out both in the air and on the ground on Sunday. The QB finished with 360 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for another 67 yards and a score.
The performance was the first of its kind, as Murray is the only person in NFL history to throw for at least 350 yards and three touchdowns and run for more than 50 yards and a score in a single game.
Speaking of one, the Cardinals provided the Seahawks with their first-ever loss after leading by at least 10 points at halftime. Seattle entered the matchup 30-0 in that category that dates back to 2012. That’s Wilson’s rookie year by the way.
Before the Cardinals come-from-behind W, NFL teams trailing by 10 or more points with under three minutes to go in regulation lost 255 consecutive games.
SNF’s win marked Murray’s sixth game this season with both a passing and rushing touchdown. It marks the most in franchise history and is just two games behind Cam Newton’s NFL-leading mark of eight games in 2011.
The offensive line kept Murray upright every step of the way in the victory. It marked the first time this season that Murray wasn’t sacked and the first time since 2007 that a Cardinals QB tossed at least 45 passes and wasn’t sacked.
All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson recorded his 27th career interception in the win. The SNF pick ties the CB with Adrian Wilson for sixth all-time in franchise history.
Murray’s rushing score was the seventh in seven games to start the season. Only two Cardinals — David Johnson (2016) and MacArthur Lane (1970) — scored more over that span in franchise history.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins caught at least 10 receptions for the third time this season. He’s had at least six catches in all but the team’s Monday Night Football win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The receptions continue to pile up for Hopkins. With 57 receptions on the season, Hopkins holds the franchise record for catches through the first seven games. He caught three more balls than J.T. Smith did back in 1989 and 10 more than Larry Fitzgerald’s 2009 mark of 47.
With eight catches in the victory, Fitzgerald now sits at 1,407 career receptions. He and Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice are the only wideouts to reach the 1,400-reception feat. Fitzgerald reached the accomplishment faster than Rice did, getting to 1,400 on his 257th career game. Rice needed 260.
He may have not reached Rice’s mark of 1,549 in Sunday’s performance, but Fitzgerald did pass the HOFer in another category. With 654 receptions at State Farm Stadium, Fitzgerald is now the sole leader in the clubhouse for the most catches in a single venue. Fitzgerald was tied with Rice’s 646 at Candlestick Park entering play Sunday night. Ironically, CenturyLink Field, the home of the Seahawks, is No. 2 on Fitzgerald’s list with 82.