Raiders vs.  Cardinals score: Fumble back in OT games historic comeback as Arizona overcomes 20-point deficit

Raiders vs. Cardinals score: Fumble back in OT games historic comeback as Arizona overcomes 20-point deficit

Raiders vs.  Cardinals score: Fumble back in OT games historic comeback as Arizona overcomes 20-point deficit

The Arizona Cardinals were off to an 0-2 start and dying in the crazy NFC West. Instead, they turned their fortunes over to the Las Vegas Raiders — rallying from a 20-point second-half deficit to beat Vegas in overtime Sunday.

Byron Murphy capped the incredible comeback with a 59-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 3:51 left in overtime to steal the win. The Raiders drove to the Cardinals’ 41-yard line and needed only a field goal to win before Isaiah Simmons forced a fumble by Hunter Renfrow that led to the scoop and score by Murphy.

The Raiders led 20-0 in this game at halftime. The 20-point lead is the largest in franchise history. Las Vegas led 23-7 in the fourth quarter before Kyler Murray put the Cardinals on his back. Murray had a 3-yard touchdown run with no time left on the clock to force overtime, then threw an incredible pass to AJ Green on the two-point attempt to force overtime.

The Cardinals got the ball first in overtime, but Marquise Brown dropped a fourth down reception after a Duron Harmon hit that would have put Arizona in the red zone. The Raiders needed just a field goal to seal the win, but Renfrow fumbled in Daniel Carlson’s expected reach that led to the Murphy touchdown.

The teams were 2-149 last season, trailing by 13-plus points in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals were able to pull it off. Murray finished 31 of 49 for 277 yards with a touchdown and interception while having five carries for 28 yards and a score. Derek Carr finished 25 of 39 for 252 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Why the Cardinals won

Give all the credit in the world to Murray, who took a dormant Cardinals offense on his back and carried it to victory. Murray had 252 yards in the second half and overtime to bring the Cardinals back, two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and ran and threw for a two-point conversion (both of which came in the fourth quarter).

Murray put up video game numbers and plays to get the Cardinals back in the game, though he didn’t make the game-winning play himself. The Cardinals went into overtime because of what Murray did.

Why the Raiders lost

Vegas went conservative on offense in the final quarter, running just eight plays for 14 yards and holding the tired defense on the field as Murray ran circles around them and brought the Cardinals’ offense back. The Raiders didn’t trust Carr enough to keep the drive sustainable and didn’t get the ball in Davante Adams’ hands enough.

On top of the inconsistency on offense, Murray eluded Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby multiple times and extended plays against a secondary that couldn’t finish a play. This is how the Cardinals erased a 20-0 deficit.

Turning point

With Arizona trailing 23-13 in the fourth quarter, Murray bought enough time on a two-point conversion that seemed impossible to run in. Still, Murray found a way as he backpedaled all the way to the 20-yard line and had a 20.8-second pocket to eventually elude several Raiders defenders and drive the ball in for the conversion to cut the Raiders’ lead to 23-15.

The play was wildly entertaining and showed the difference Murray is when he is on the court. That run kept the Cardinals in the ballgame midway through the fourth quarter — and ultimately played a significant role in the comeback victory. Without that play by Murray, Arizona doesn’t have a chance.

The quote

“There were so many do-or-die plays I lost count.” — Postgame Kliff Kingsbury describing the Cardinals’ second-half comeback (via Darren Urban of the Cardinals website).

The game of the game

Obviously, Murphy’s punt recovery for a touchdown takes the cake here. Simmons forced a fumble on Renfrow that led to Murphy picking up the ball and going the other way for the 59-yard touchdown.

Murphy almost didn’t make it to the end zone when he appeared to lose control of the ball, but the play was not turned over. The Cardinals ended the comeback after appearing dead in the water several times throughout the game.

Next

The Raiders (0-2) travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans (0-1) next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Cardinals (1-1) host the Los Angeles Rams (1-1) next Sunday at 4:25 PM ET.

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