Kyler Murray's big heart continues to be displayed
Week two of the 2022 NFL season will be remembered as the day of the improbable comebacks. Perhaps there was no comeback as unbelievable as the Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders went into halftime with a 20-0 lead. The Raiders had the ball up 23-7 with 12:37 to go, but after Arizona forced a three-and-out, Kyler Murray marched down the field, and a 24-yard catch by Marquise Brown put Arizona at the one-yard line. Darrel Williams rushed it in about a minute later for a score. One of the biggest plays of the game happened on the ensuing two-point conversion.
It goes down in the box score as a 2-yard rush for the successful conversion, but according to Next Gen Stats, Murray scrambled over 84 yards before bringing the Cards to within eight points. Murray’s jittery movements really bothered the Raiders defense. The Cardinals then forced another Raider's punt, and in the final 4:43, the Cardinals ran an 18-play, 73-yard drive that ended in a rushing touchdown by Murray as time expired. Needing another two-point conversion to send the game to overtime, Murray found veteran A.J. Green in the back of the end zone. In overtime, the Cardinals forced a Hunter Renfrow fumble that Byron Murphy Jr. scooped up and returned 59 yards for the touchdown. This kind of loss for the Raiders was extremely disappointing especially after blowing such a large lead at home. Quarterback Derek Carr had a much better outing this week than last going 25 of 39 for 252 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. However, the man of the hour was Murray. Murray put up video game numbers and plays to get the Cardinals back in the game, his level of play propelled his team into the game-winning play. The Cardinals got to overtime because of what Murray did. "There were so many do-or-die plays, I lost count." Kliff Kingsbury said after the game describing the Cardinals' second-half comeback. Both teams have tough games next weekend 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) play host to the Los Angeles Rams (1-1) next Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.