Sunday, January 24, 2021

DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary catch stuns Bills

It wasn’t supposed to end like that. At least if you’re a Bills fan. DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary catch with just two seconds left stunned the favourite Buffalo Bills and handed the Cardinals an improbable victory.

Watch DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary as it happened

It was a game the Bills seemed to have in control with a 23-9 lead five-minutes into the second half. But after a great start to the year Josh Allen once again showed signs of not being able to maintain the same level of consistency throughout a season with two second half interceptions.

One of those interceptions allowed the Cardinals to take the lead at 26-23. The second would prove to trigger one of the most exciting five minute spells in the NFL this season.

With just 4:31 to go, the Cardinals had the ball on their own 41-yard-line with a 26-23 lead. Surely now Kyler Murray would ice the game and the Cardinals would claim their biggest scalp of the season?

Not to be, as Murray could only manage 2 incompletions and a six yard sack, burning just 56 seconds from the clock.

Josh Allen would then show the improvements that have been evident this season as he drove the Bills for the go ahead score, driving 78 yards in 12 plays culmination in Allen’s 21-yard scoring toss to Stefon Diggs. It was a masterful drive, leaving the Cards needing a TD with only 39 seconds to play.

DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary catch stuns Bills

And so it fell to Kyler Murray to produce a miracle…and that’s really the only way to describe DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary catch. After completions of 14, 9, and 9, Murray had move the Cards to the Bills 43-yard-line with 11 seconds remaining.

Under a lot of pressure Murray managed to give Hopkins enough time to get down the field and produce one of the best catches of the season. Surrounded by three Bills defenders Hopkins somehow elevated to make the ball his own.

While DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary catch will go down in Cardinals folklore, the Bills have to question how they allowed the play to happen. Defenders were playing the field all the way to the goal line despite the fact the Cardinals couldn’t settle for a field goal. With only 11 seconds left they had to go end zone, so the spacing they used was truly bizarre.

But that decision gave us one of the truly memorable moments of 2020 so far.

DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary catch is a miracle
DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary catch is a miracle

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Buffalo Passing

C/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKSQBRRTG
Josh Allen32/492845.8220-070.577.3
Isaiah McKenzie1/11212.0100-090.5156.3
TEAM33/502965.9320-085.1

Arizona Passing

C/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKSQBRRTG
Kyler Murray22/322457.7113-960.988.7
TEAM22/322367.7113-988.7

Buffalo Rushing

CARYDSAVGTDLONG
Josh Allen7385.4015
Zack Moss7202.9014
Devin Singletary4153.8013
TEAM18734.1015

Arizona Rushing

CARYDSAVGTDLONG
Kenyan Drake161006.3020
Kyler Murray11615.5228
Chase Edmonds8567.0025
TEAM352176.2228

Buffalo Receiving

RECYDSAVGTDLONGTGTS
Cole Beasley111099.912213
Stefon Diggs10939.312111
John Brown67212.00318
Dawson Knox2168.00103
Josh Allen11212.01121
Isaiah McKenzie122.0021
Gabriel Davis000.0003
Zack Moss1-3-3.0002
Devin Singletary1-5-5.0005
TEAM332969.033147

Arizona Receiving

RECYDSAVGTDLONGTGTS
DeAndre Hopkins712718.114312
Dan Arnold4348.50114
Christian Kirk4276.8096
Chase Edmonds3217.00113
Andy Isabella11414.00141
Larry Fitzgerald2136.5095
Kenyan Drake199.0091
TEAM2224511.114332

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