By Eric D. Williams
FOX Sports NFC West Writer
Maybe Kyler Murray was ahead of the curve on his frustration with the highly publicized independent study clause installed and then hastily removed from his new contract.
Who needs to study opposing defenses when you can run around and make them look silly playing backyard football?
I’m kidding, of course. A little.
Down 20-0 on the road to the Las Vegas Raiders, with Arizona’s season sinking into the abyss, the team’s $230 million quarterback threw the Cardinals a lifeline with an electrifying performance in leading them to a gutty, 29-23 overtime win.
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The Cardinals managed just 46 passing yards in the first half. But that changed in the second half, when Murray went 20-of-34 for 188 yards and a touchdown pass. He also ran for 28 yards and a score.
Arizona needed to execute a pair of two-point plays to force overtime. On the first one, Murray scrambled for nearly 21 seconds against a three-man rush, as he zigzagged across the field and ultimately squeezed into the end zone. According to Next Gen Stats, Murray traveled 84.9 yards on the play.
Que the Benny Hill music.
The second conversion was just as impressive, as Murray threw a laser between three defenders to find A.J. Green in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion on the final play of regulation, forcing overtime.
The Cardinals would get a forced fumble by Isaiah Simmons on Las Vegas receiver Hunter Renfrow that cornerback Byron Murphy scooped up and ran into the end zone for the winning touchdown.
Things don’t get any easier for the Cardinals, who host the defending Super Bowl-champion Los Angeles Rams on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET on FOX).
Murray’s heroics leads our weekly look at who’s rising and falling in the NFC West:
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Publish date : 2022-09-21 19:03:21
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