LAS VEGAS — After barely playing in the very first half, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Isaiah Simmons created the greatest play of the video game in overtime to assist Arizona to a 29-23 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.
Simmons, who understood all week his function would be significantly decreased while he enhanced on his practice routines, knocked the ball out of the hands of Raiders pass receiver Hunter Renfrow prior to it was scooped by cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., who returned the fumble 59 backyards for the winning goal.
“Everything was a blur,” Murphy stated. “I just saw the end zone. ‘I gotta get to the end zone to end this game,’ that’s the first thing I was thinking the whole time.”
But a video game filled with drama wasn’t without some in the last seconds. Murphy’s goal was evaluated to see if he let the ball out of his hand prior to he crossed the goal. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury waved his group to the locker space throughout the evaluation, joking later that he informed his gamers to get on the bus.
After a prolonged evaluation, the goal was promoted, offering Arizona its very first win of the season.
At initially, Murphy believed the evaluation was “a little questionable.”
“But now that I’ve seen that, I’m taking that ball all the way to the house, to the crib, back to Arizona,” Murphy stated.
It’ll be a knowing experience, Kingsbury stated.
“Luckily, he’s not a meme for the next 30 years of his life,” Kingsbury stated.
Arizona’s win, nevertheless, wasn’t possible without quarterback Kyler Murray, who almost solitarily led the Cardinals to overtime.
The return began with the Cardinals down 20 at halftime and ended with them winning by 6. They scored 16 unanswered points in the 4th quarter.
“I don’t even know,” Raiders protective end Maxx Crosby stated. “It’s crazy.”
It was how Arizona got to the additional duration that demonstrated how important Murray, who signed a mega five-year extension this offseason worth as much as $230.5 million, is to the Cardinals. And it was a masterclass in Murray’s capability to keep plays alive and after that make have fun with his feet.
The Raiders understood they had him consisted of in the very first half, however in the 2nd, Murray “was just running around,” Raiders security Duron Harmon stated. Murray tossed for 277 backyards with a goal and an interception on 31-of-49 death. He likewise ran for 28 backyards and a goal on 5 brings.
That goal pulled the Cardinals within 23-21 after Murray scored from the 3-yard line as time ended. However, it was a 2-yard run by Murray on fourth-and-1 with 2:28 left in the video game that kept Arizona’s hopes alive. He got the very first down, and the Cardinals’ game-tying drive continued.
“He’s a special talent,” Kingsbury stated of Murray. “You can see when he’s able to do his thing, that’s what he does, and he had some tremendous plays, and the numbers may not be great, [but] we don’t care about numbers.”
With time ending and the Cardinals down 8 points, Murray stepped up in the pocket as the Raiders’ pass rush closed in around him and after that removed to the left and won a foot race to the far left corner of completion zone to make it 23-21. Murray then struck A.J. Green on the occurring 2-point conversion without any time on the clock in a play that likewise went through a prolonged evaluation. It was likewise promoted, resulting in the additional duration.
The Cardinals pulled the play off after Murray needed to utilize a delay-of-game charge to get more time after Arizona could not get lined up coming out of a timeout. There were problems with the Cardinals’ replacement and after that getting receivers where they were expected to be. Murray took the charge, which moved the Cardinals back to the 7-yard line, and after that he struck Green.
“I didn’t want to risk [it],” Murray stated. “The game was too important. I thought it was smarter to take the delay of game. I don’t want to waste this play and give them a free one, because we weren’t ready or we all discombobulated at the end.
“I didn’t believe that was wise.”
Murray also pulled off a unique 2-point conversion earlier in the fourth quarter to get Arizona in a position to tie. After Murray hit wide receiver Marquise Brown for a 24-yard pass down the left sideline to give Arizona the ball at the 1, running back Darrel Williams pushed it in for a touchdown, pulling Arizona to within 23-13.
On the ensuing 2-point conversion, Murray ran 84.9 yards, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, as he scrambled, backpedaled and moved around before running the ball into the end zone, cutting the Raiders’ lead to 23-15.
The play didn’t seem long to just those watching. It felt “quite long” to Murray, too.
“I wish to state they dropped 9, had 2 individuals hurrying. I understood they weren’t going to have the ability to tackle me,” Murray said. “It was almost, ideally, yard football at that point, looking for someone, relocation, get open and make a play.”
Kingsbury joked that he gave a “extremely inspiring and moving” halftime speech to spark the comeback, but, ultimately, it simply came down to Arizona executing its offense better.
Although that’s what the Cardinals needed to do to come back from a 20-point deficit, it led to a stressful second half.
“There’s a lot of do-or-die plays, I lost count, where we needed to have this stop, needed to have this 2-point conversion, needed to score, needed to have the 4th down,” Kingsbury said. “And people simply kept battling. I indicate no one blinked. At halftime it was simply, ‘Hey, we got to settle in and do what we do.’
“We played about as bad as you could the first half and didn’t play great the second half, but the effort was incredible.”
Leaving Vegas a winner on a Sunday was a various sensation for Kingsbury.
“I was telling those coaches, usually I’ve just lost and I’m super hungover on Sundays in Vegas, so this is a good changeup,” he stated.
The minute Murphy crossed the objective line, chaos occurred on the field. The whole Cardinals bench cleared on the field to commemorate, and the event rollovered into the locker space.
“It’s crazy to see just us celebrating, the 53 guys and coaches and staff and then the whole stadium is dead silent,” left guard Justin Pugh stated. “That’s the most beautiful thing in sports.”