Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins proved the commentary duo of Ian Eagle and Charles Davis wrong when he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in Sunday’s win.
With 34 seconds to go, the Arizona Cardinals looked beat when Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen connected with receiver Stefon Diggs for the go-ahead and would-be game-winning touchdown. The commentary duo then proclaimed Diggs as the NFL’s best receiver seconds after he came up with his clutch touchdown reception.
Perhaps Hopkins was listening in on the CBS broadcast, given his swift response in what might just be the play of the year. Fast-forward 37 seconds, and Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray connected with the NFL’s best receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, for what would become the game-winning touchdown on what we will call a “Hail Murray.”
Murray seemingly forced the ball between four Bills defenders and Hopkins did the rest, reaching into the four pairs of hands to secure the ball, and the win, for the Cardinals. Diggs may have made a clutch play and he is one of the NFL’s best. But Hopkins solidified his status as the league’s best. As if his stats hadn’t already spoken for him.
As we know, Hopkins has statistically been the number one receiver in the NFL, entering the game with 60 receptions, 734 yards, 12.2 yards per reception, and 3 touchdown receptions. Today, you can add 7 more receptions to that number, 127 receiving yards, and of course, the game-winning touchdown.
Eagle and Davis most definitely spoke too soon when they made the premature announcement regarding Diggs. And it didn’t even take Hopkins five minutes to drop the mic on the NFL’s best receiver debate.
You can expect more Murray to Hopkins magic and a few more “Hail Murrays” over the next few seasons. And boy, will the Murray to Hopkins combo be a fun one to watch. Stay tuned for more magic as the Cardinals have now taken the lead in the ultra-competitive NFC West, with Murray and the NFL’s best receiver Hopkins leading the charge.