Cardinals beat Raiders on Byron Murphy fumble return in OT

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The Cardinals were down 20-0 at halftime of Sunday’s game in Las Vegas and they were down 23-7 in the fourth quarter, but they won’t be leaving Nevada with an 0-2 record.

Kyler Murray played a terrific fourth quarter to force overtime with the score tied 23-23 and they wound up winning the game with their defense. Linebacker Isaiah Simmons forced Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow to fumble the ball and cornerback Byron Murphy returned the ball 59 yards for a game-winning touchdown.

There was a lengthy review of whether Murphy let go of the ball before crossing the goal line, but officials eventually confirmed that the Cardinals are heading home with a 29-23 win. The score allows them to  join the Dolphins and Jets in authoring improbable comeback wins in Week Two.

Murray was just 6-of-9 for 53 yards at halftime, but he went 25-of-40 for 224 yards and a touchdown after the break. He also ran for a touchdown, scrambled for eons to convert a two-point conversion with his legs and hit A.J. Green in the back of the end zone for the game-tying two-pointer at the end of regulation.

The three Cardinals touchdown drives in the second half helped keep the Raiders off the field and they had a pair of three and outs when they did have the ball in their possession. They were still in position to win the game in overtime after safety Duron Harmon broke up a pass to Hollywood Brown on fourth down to kill the first Cardinals drive of the extra session.

Derek Carr hit Renfrow to move the team into field goal range, but the wideout nearly lost a fumble at the end of the play. Carr still went back to him two plays later and Simmons knocked the ball loose as Renfrow tried to pick up a few more yards for Daniel Carlson to use for an attempt to win the game with a field goal.

The Raiders are now 0-2 and they’ll try to win on the road against the Titans next weekend. The Cardinals will host the 1-1 Rams in an NFC West matchup.

40 responses to “Cardinals beat Raiders on Byron Murphy fumble return in OT

  1. Mcdaniel’s playcalling the last 2 weeks has been criminal. Why wont he run the ball when your running back is at like 6 yards a carry? In a good position where 2nd and short is still almost FG range. Derek played well and the defense hung in there while exhausted. Shame renfrow fumbled back to back plays hes gonna get alot of hate for a position he shouldnt have been in. Cant believe we choked that.

  2. When is somebody going to drum it into the defensive players HEAD – that you dont do anything with that ball until you are sure you are across the goal line. Maybe make it mandatory that you hand it to a ref and then do a backflip – That was so close to a touchback – it took a long time to review – totally unnecessary

  3. Someone needs to coach these players to make sure they’re all the way in the end zone before they let go of the ball.

  4. The raiders were asking to lose at that point. Renfrow fumble, dropped Carr INT, Renfrow fumble. But man, Murphy nearly blew it by flipping the ball out of his hand right at the goal line. Run through the line with the ball! That was almost the sports gaffe of the year!

  5. McDaniels is NOT head coaching material…when will teams realize that? He’s best suit is sitting next to Tom Brady on the bench and keeping him company playing with his laptop.

  6. The new head coach has his work cut out for him. When players on New England fumbled and bumbled that bad they were either off the team or lost their starting role. New head coach has to bench guys that just have no discipline. It may mean a lost season, but it’s the only way build a future. Head coach must build a disciplined team or all is lost.

  7. Just run the ball and kick the fg McDaniels. Carlson is one of the best kickers in the league. This one is on Josh!

  8. Raiders would be 2-0 with Rich Bisaccia. Nobody from New England has been successful when Tom Brady wasn’t the QB, and that includes Bill Belichick. So, why do teams keep hiring those guys? They never win. Never.

  9. Where are all the PFT Experts who were writing the Cardinals obituary after the week one loss?

    Reminder: The NFL has a 17 game season and they have to actually play the games for a reason. You are welcome.

  10. Where’s all the Murray haters now?? Sure do like to knock the kid how about giving him some props? This kid is legit when the o line holds up.

  11. Did anyone see any evidence of ‘premier pass rusher’ Chandler Jones or should they put his picture on LV milk cartons?

  12. charliecharger says:
    September 18, 2022 at 8:27 pm
    Raiders would be 2-0 with Rich Bisaccia. Nobody from New England has been successful when Tom Brady wasn’t the QB, and that includes Bill Belichick. So, why do teams keep hiring those guys? They never win. Never.

    01Rate This

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    BB owned 2 SB rings before becoming a head coach and we saw last year BB undress Brady with Mac Jones outplaying Brady on the same tv screen.

    BB drafted, developed and promoted Brady 2 decades ago. Brady was a 6th rd pick who was lucky to be drafted by BB.

    BB made who Tom Brady came to be. Everything Brady ever learned as a player came from BB, not Brady ‘s daddy or Lloyd Carr.

    Preposterous revisionist history.

  13. As a fan of this team for almost 40 years this is very typical of the Raiders. Build a big lead and look really good all game then relax and play prevent defense, throw in a stupid penalty to keep the drive alive for the other team. And then lose in OT in soul killing fashion once again.

  14. Does someone have a stat on how many passes the Cardinals dropped in the 4th and OT when they needed a catch? My goodness. AJ Green redeemed himself with the 2 Point Conversion but had 2 or 3 crucial drops when it counted in the 4th. Though it was a difficult play to make, Brown got bailed out by Josh McDaniels poor playcalling and AZs defense stepping up when it mattered. I’m happy that they won, but there are so many things that have bothered me so far this year. For instance, why are they so bad with their play clock time management?!

  15. Is it just me or were the Raiders better off with Jon Gruden or the interim head coach? They supposedly got better on paper but things don’t seem to be panning out. Maybe they shouldn’t have gotten cute and stuck with what seemed to be working last year.

  16. Kyler Murray easily hides the deficiencies of Steve Keim and Kingsbury. The Cardinal fan base (who complain about his size and top 8 contract) don’t deserve him. Regarding Keim, how many impactful starters has he drafted? Isaiah simmons was horrible last week and didn’t start today. Other than Kyler (the obvious #1 pick they lucked into) and Murphy (who should eventually be a pro bowler), name another that Keim has drafted? I’m not a Cards fan and almost wish Kyler “wasn’t around the whole year”….just to further highlight how horrible the other Meim and Kingsbury are and how valuable he is to that franchise.

  17. If you’re still wondering why the Belichick tree is a straight line, it’s cause the secret sauce was the GOAT QB not the coaching

  18. So Murray talks about “taking over the game” when he was MIA for the first half, and Murphy is so eager to showboat that he almost throws the win away in his rush to pull off his helmet and prance.

    Act like you’ve been there, Cardinals. It’s week 2.

  19. I think it’s clear that this Raider team is better coached than the last 10 years. Less stupid penalties, less easy touchdowns, and better tackling. This was a bad loss but I see enough signs that things will get better. It took the unique skills that Kyler has to pull out so many 3rd and 4th downs and of course the 2 point conversion.

  20. Belichick is nothing but a disgraced cheater and Jeff Fisher clone without Bradys coattails to ride. Everyone knows this, only clowns try to pretend otherwise.

  21. It’s sort of ridiculous but they didn’t show the replay of the fumble return crossing the line. The ball is clearly out at the 1/2 yard line or his hand is open with no control of the thrown ball. As his 1st foot lands in end zone the ball is 4ft away his body. It could have easily been a safety… I have photos on Twitter…

  22. The raiders fans sure do a lot of talking from March until August…. AKA, the off-season…. Then the real season begins, 0-2 already. Hehehe.

  23. BB owned 2 SB rings before becoming a head coach and we saw last year BB undress Brady with Mac Jones outplaying Brady on the same tv screen.

    BB drafted, developed and promoted Brady 2 decades ago. Brady was a 6th rd pick who was lucky to be drafted by BB.

    BB made who Tom Brady came to be. Everything Brady ever learned as a player came from BB, not Brady ‘s daddy or Lloyd Carr.

    Talk about revisionist history? WOW! Keep looking back, you future is not nearly as bright.

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