The Arizona Cardinals were headed to a 0-2 start and left to die in the crazy NFC West. Instead, they funneled that fortune to the Las Vegas Raiders – pooling from a 20-point deficit in the second half to stun Vegas in overtime Sunday night.
Byron Murphy capped a stunning comeback with a 59-yard confusion comeback with 3:51 remaining in overtime to steal the victory. The Conquerors were driving at the Cardinals’ 41-yard line and only needed a field goal to win before Isaiah Simmons forced a fumble on Hunter Renfrew that led to the scoop and score from Murphy.
The Raiders led 20-0 in this game at halftime. The 20-point explosive lead is the largest in the franchise’s history. Las Vegas led 23-7 in the fourth quarter before Killer Murray threw the Cardinals on the back. Murray got three yards off the touchdown with no time left on the clock to force overtime, then threw a fine pass to AJ Green in an effort to convert from two points to force overtime.
The Cardinal got the ball first in overtime, but Marquis Brown dropped a fourth down reception on a hit from Doron Harmon that could have set up Arizona in the red. The strikers only needed a field goal to win, but Renfrew fumbled at Daniel Carlson’s expected range that landed Murphy.
Last season’s teams were 2-149 behind by more than 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals managed to pull it off. Murray finished 31 of 49 for 277 yards with a touchdown and interception while he had five moves for 28 yards and a point. Derek Carr finished 25 of 39 for 252 yards and two touchdowns without any interceptions.
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