Murphy’s 59-yard OT fumble return ends Cards’ win over Vegas

Murphy’s 59-yard OT fumble return ends Cards’ win over Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Byron Murphy Jr. Hunter Renfrow fumbled and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown with 3:51 left in overtime, and the Arizona Cardinals overcame a 20-point deficit in the second half before running away with a wild 29-23 victory on the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday.

Kyler Murray scrambled for a 3-yard touchdown on the final snap of regulation before hitting AJ Green for the tying 2-point conversion for the Cardinals (1-1), who trailed 23-7 with less than nine minutes left in regulation. .

The Raiders stopped Murray on downs on Arizona’s opening drive in overtime, but Renfrow then made a catch and fumbled for the second play in a row. Isaiah Simmons knocked it loose, and Murphy grabbed the ball and ran down the Cardinals sideline to the end zone with his extremely relaxed teammates in pursuit of a frenzied celebration.

Murphy nearly spoiled his own heroics when he knocked the ball out of his hands just at the goal line, but video review ruled he barely scored.

Arizona followed up its season-opening blowout loss to Kansas City when it fell behind 20-0 in the first half in Vegas, but coach Kliff Kingsbury’s team changed after the break. Murray ran for 277 yards and rushed for another 28 and flummoxing the Vegas defense with his elusiveness.

Davante Adams and Darren Waller caught early passes from Derek Carr for the Raiders (0-2), who had the ball for less than 10 minutes in the second half as Murray worked his magic. Carr passed for 252 yards — only 42 after halftime — as Las Vegas lost a home opener for the first time since relocating to Nevada.

The game showcased the height and depth of Murray’s incredible talent in his second outing since finalizing a five-year, $230.5 million contract extension.

Murray threw for just 53 yards in the first half, but racked up 188 yards through the air and another 28 on the ground in the second half along with some incredible displays of his unique combination of athleticism and football smarts.

Murray hit Greg Dortch for an early TD, and Darrel Williams rushed for a score with 8:13 left before Murray improvised hoof run for a 2-point conversionrunning horizontally across the field during about 20 seconds with the ball.

Murray then led Arizona on a 73-yard TD drive in the final 4:43 of regulation, capping it with his cool TD scramble on fourth down as time expired after three incompletions.

Moments earlier, Murray threw an incompletion on fourth down from the Raiders 6, but Roderic Teamer’s defensive penalty — Vegas’ 10th flag of the day — kept the drive alive with 16 seconds left.

Arizona took a delay of game penalty before attempting the conversion from the Vegas 7, but Murray still hit Green with a pinpoint pass in the back of the end zone.

Arizona won the overtime toss, but the Raiders got the ball back when Vegas backup safety Duron Harmon knocked the ball out of Marquise Brown’s hands due to an incompletion on fourth-and-1 from the Vegas 37.

Las Vegas was very close to Daniel Carlson, who made two field goals earlier to extend his streak to 27 straight overall and 40 straight at Allegiant Stadium — but Renfrow’s fumble meant he never got a chance.

It is alright

The Cardinals got to the Las Vegas 7 before turning the ball over on downs with 12:31 to play, and a stadium security guard also got knocked down roughly by Zach Ertz and the Cardinals tight end dipped to make a catch on fourth down. In the end the guard got up and walked off the field.

GOOD REASON

Raiders owner Mark Davis missed the game because he was in Connecticut with his Las Vegas Aces winning their first WNBA championship. The result was announced late in the third quarter to applause at Allegiant Stadium.

VEGAS HOSPITAL

Adams had just two catches for 12 yards, but his grandparents got to see him play live for the first time in the NFL. They watched from the Allegiant Stadium suite that the Bay Area native says he paid about $500,000 in rent for the season.

Injuries

Cardinals: RB An ankle injury slowed RB James Conner on his first carry of the second half.

Raiders: DL Bilal Nichols injured his shoulder in the second half and did not return.

UP Next

Cardinals: Host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Raiders: At the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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