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Kliff Kingsbury ready for a drink — or 5 — after Cardinals shock Raiders in OT

Sep 18, 2022, 7:15 PM | Updated: Sep 19, 2022, 7:26 am
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury plays defense during drills during their NFL football ...

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury plays defense during drills during their NFL football training camp, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury was most of us after the team’s stunning — yet stressful — come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas Raiders.

Following Arizona’s 29-23 overtime victory, the head coach was seen motioning to Raiders fans at field level that he needed a few beverages as he walked off the football field.

It’s not hard to argue with the fourth-year Cardinals coach on that one.

Putting up another ugly first half of football in 2022, Arizona headed to the locker room staring at a 20-0 deficit and its fans turning the other way in disgust. The Raiders had the Cardinals’ number by a mile.

But before all of the red made for the exits at Allegiant Stadium, Arizona caught fire thanks to quarterback Kyler Murray and the defense as a whole.

After allowing 20 unanswered points from Las Vegas in the first 30 minutes of action, Arizona’s defense found a new gear, allowing just three points in the second half and overtime.

The unit’s performance allowed Murray to take over.

Following a 53-yard, one-interception effort from the signal caller in the first half, Murray responded in the second behind 188 yards and a touchdown through the air.

When he wasn’t dropping one in the bread basket, Murray was just as effective on the ground, adding another 28 yards and a score in the fourth quarter.

And capping the comeback off in overtime was the Cardinals defense, with star backer Isaiah Simmons forcing a fumble before cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. did the rest on a 59-yard recovery for the walk-off touchdown.

“I was telling those coaches, usually I’d just lost and I’m super hungover on Sundays in Vegas. So this was a good changeup,” Kingsbury said to start his press conference with reporters.

Cheers, Kliff.

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