Cardinals season ends by getting obliterated by the Rams

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Darrell Daniels
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Darrell Daniels /

In their first playoff appearance since the 2015 season, the Arizona Cardinals were delivered a beatdown by the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.

Monday night’s road trip to face the Los Angeles Rams was a great opportunity for the Arizona Cardinals to pick up their first playoff win since the 2015 season. Instead, the Cardinals got embarrassed by the Rams.

Nothing ever looked right for Arizona on Monday and it resulted in Los Angeles cruising to a 28-0 lead by the middle of the third quarter. Eventually, the Cardinals left the field with a loss to the Rams by a final score of 34-11.

Arizona’s 2021 season is now over, and after it began with such great promise, it’s now time for the team to go back to the drawing board during the offseason.

Kyler Murray has a game to forget during Arizona Cardinals playoff loss to Los Angeles Rams

In his first crack at postseason football since entering the NFL in 2019, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray delivered a performance that people are going to remember for all of the wrong reasons.

In the loss to Los Angeles, Murray completed 55.9 percent of his passes for just 137 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions which resulted in a 40.9 passer rating. Murray’s passer rating on Monday is the lowest he’s ever had in a single game during his entire pro career.

The loss to the Rams wasn’t all due to the poor performance of Murray and the rest of Arizona’s offense though as Los Angeles had no trouble moving the ball on the Cardinals defense during the matchup.

Arizona’s rushing defense had been a weakness of the team throughout the 2021 season and it was exposed again on Monday by the Rams. Los Angeles ran the ball 38 times for 140 yards and one score in their win over the Cardinals.

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With the loss to the Rams on Monday night, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered by Arizona during the next few weeks. Will the next version of the Cardinals look anything like the team that took the field during the 2021 season?