First Half: Ups and Downs
The game got off to a rocky start. In the first play on offense after the defense secured a three-and-out, James Conner had a terrific ten-yard run that was erased by an illegal block in the back. Typical.
A few plays later, Kyler Murray took off and showcased his rushing abilities with a solid 18-yard run.
Fittingly, the first score of the 2022 season came late in the first quarter with a beautiful slant pass from Murray to his college best friend, Marquise Brown. (I swear I did not plan it that way.) Cardinals 7-0.
The Chiefs answered immediately with a march down the field and a pass from Patrick Mahomes to Marquez Valdes-Scantling tied the match. Tied 7-7.
Moving into the second quarter, the Cardinal’s offensive drive stalled around the 50-yard line until a 4th down conversion on a downhill run from Conner kept things alive. Another 4th down try on the 12-yard line did not work out and the ball turned over to the Chiefs with over 3:00 left in the half.
A Mahomes interception by Budda Baker on the next play brought the hometown team’s offense back on the field almost immediately. The Arizona Cardinals took advantage on the very next play with a 5-yard Kyler Murray touchdown run. Cardinals 14-7.
After giving up a field goal, the Cards’ offense returned with little over a minute left in the half. Murray proceeded to loft one up to his pal Brown and L’Jarius Sneed came down with the interception.
The Chiefs went on to score another touchdown from Mahomes to Valdes-Scantling before the end of the half. Chiefs 17-14.