Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s 2-point scramble helps force OT vs. Raiders

Sep 18, 2022, 4:38 PM | Updated: Sep 20, 2022, 12:48 pm
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his two-point conversion with tight end S...

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his two-point conversion with tight end Stephen Anderson (89) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(AP Photo/John Locher)

Despite trailing the Las Vegas Raiders for most of Sunday afternoon, quarterback Kyler Murray breathed some serious life into the Arizona Cardinals offense.

After struggling to find consistency throughout the matchup, Arizona’s offense manufactured a nine-play, 54-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown by Darrel Williams.

But it was the way the Cardinals got to the goal line that got people talking.

Staring at 4th-and-4 on the Raiders’ 25-yard line, Murray aired one out to wide receiver Hollywood Brown.

The wideout did the rest, making a one-handed circus catch around a defender before being ruled down on the 1-yard line.

Then came the two-point try.

Looking to make it a one-score game, Arizona turned to Murray once more to convert. And that he did.

Turning a blown play into points, Murray went into video-game mode, making multiple defenders miss before running it in himself to trim Las Vegas’ lead to just eight.

The play took an unreal 20.8 seconds from snap to score. Murray traveled a total of 84.9 yards. Per Next Gen Stats, it’s the most distance traveled by an offensive ball carrier on a two-point conversion attempt in the service’s history.

“The defensive linemen were so tired,” offensive lineman Justin Pugh told Cardinals sideline reporter Paul Calvisi postgame on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I was just looking in their eyes and they’re like trying to run back and forth.

“They have no idea where he was at. we’re just trying to set up and shield and Kyler just made an unbelievable play. You get the ball in his hands and magical things are going to happen.”

From there, the Cardinals looked reenergized, with the defense making a stop to give Arizona one last shot at taking things to overtime.

Starting at their own 27-yard line, the Cardinals drove down to the Raiders’ 3-yard line with a little help from a Las Vegas holding call in the end zone.

And much like the two-point conversion, Murray turned to his feet once more, turning a 4th-and-3 into points.

A successful two-point conversion try later and Arizona did not look back as it headed into overtime, securing the 29-23 victory behind a Byron Murphy Jr. fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

“Our guys just refused to lose,” Kingsbury told Cardinals sideline reporter Paul Calvisi after the game on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “Kyler I thought went into that mode where he’s like, ‘Just give me the ball and I’m going to make it all happen’ and he did. He has that ability and just really proud of his effort.

“Had some tough plays that didn’t go our way but he never blinked and kept wanting the ball in his hands. The stat line isn’t as great as he’s going to have in his career but it was one of the best games he’ll probably ever play based on competitive spirit.”

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Ian Thomas #80 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Isaiah Simmons #9 of the Arizona Cardinals du...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals LB Isaiah Simmons’ snap count sees serious jump vs. Panthers

It was a near-full team effort from Arizona, with 47 players seeing their number called at some point or another in Week 4.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals kicker Matt Prater (5) watches his field goal attempt hit the goal post during th...
Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals weighing kicking options with Matt Prater banged up

Injured kicker Matt Prater represents a rather large question mark for the Arizona Cardinals entering Week 5.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Hamilton runs through drills during training camp on Wednesday, Aug. 1...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals designate 3 players to return from IR

The Cardinals on Monday designated cornerback Antonio Hamilton, receiver Antoine Wesley and quarterback Colt McCoy to return from IR.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burn...
Jordan Leandre

By the numbers: Arizona Cardinals’ consistently inconsistent offense

The Arizona Cardinals have the most consistently inconsistent offenses in football through the first four weeks of the season.
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers d...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray: Slow starting offense ‘can’t last forever’

"I know this can't last forever," Kyler Murray told reporters postgame. "We will figure it out. I'm not making it a thing because it's not."
20 hours ago
Arizona Cardinals safety Jalen Thompson (34) celebrates with safety Budda Baker after an intercepti...
Wills Rice

Cardinals locker room unites after 1st win in Carolina since 2009

The Arizona Cardinals left Bank of America Stadium with their first win against the Panthers in Carolina since 2009.
20 hours ago
Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s 2-point scramble helps force OT vs. Raiders