Do the Arizona Cardinals steal a win from the Rams?
The second half did not start with the touchdown the Cardinals were really looking for, but a decent drive did end with points on the board to tie the game. Tied 17-17
The Rams did not have much luck in their first offensive possession of the half and punted away to the home team. Murray was sacked twice and back up to a 4th-and-24 situation that forced Andy Lee onto the field.
Arizona’s defense couldn’t hold on during their next outing, and Cooper Kupp hauled in a pass from Stafford to put the Rams out ahead once again. Rams 24-17
Coming out to the 25-yard line to start their drive, the Cardinals scored on the very first play with a slant pass to Brown, going the full 75-yards downfield and into the endzone. Tied 24-24
The defense stepped back up to the plate, and key tackles from Zaven Collins and Budda Baker kept the Rams’ running game in check and forced yet another punt with just over two minutes left in the game.
Trying to be conservative and run Conner into field goal range, the Rams run defense proved too stout.
Instead, Murray let it fly to his favorite targets of the game, Brown, and Isabella and took the offense down to the 21 with three seconds remaining.
What should have been a game-winning field goal from Matt Prater went just left of the uprights, and the game went into overtime.
LA received the ball, but massive swats from Byron Murphy Jr and Marco Wilson saved two deep should-have-been-touchdowns, and the Cardinals secured a chance at possession.
With the ball back in his hands, Murray performed at his best and, with back-to-back 30-yard bombs, got down to the 2-yard line. His legs came to the rescue once again; he pranced into the endzone for six. Game. Arizona Cardinals win, 30-24.
Key Offensive Stats
- Kyler Murray | 18/26, 381 yards, 2 T.D.s, 1 INT, 119 rushing yards, two rushing TDs
- James Conner | 17 carries, 28 yards, 1.6 ypc
- Marquise Brown | six rec, 142 yards, 2 TDs
- Rondale Moore | five rec, 111 yards
- Zach Ertz | four rec, 72 yards
- Andy Isabella | two rec, 47 yards
- A.J. Green | one rec, 9 yards
Moving forward, it will be critical to get Conner going in the ground game, but if Murray keeps connecting with his receivers for 300+ yards every week, the Cards should be in a pretty good position by season’s end.