After 11 months out the Arizona Cardinals got their starting QB back and Kyler Murray didn’t disappoint throwing for 249 yards and rushing for 33 and a touchdown.
There were signs of rust but that old athleticism was still there and Murray was delighted to put it out on the field again. “Honestly, I thought they had a pretty good contain,” Murray said. “But God blessed me with the ability to do things like that.”
Head Coach Jonathan Gannon, getting his first look at Murray in a live-fire situation was duly impressed. “He made plays with his legs, he made plays with arm,” Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon said. “Obviously, a jolt of energy and belief within our team. That’s why he is who he is. Couldn’t be happier for the guy.”
MURRAY CEMENTS PLACE AS CARDINALS NUMBER 1
Let’s not forget the Cardinals could only muster 58 yards against the Browns last week. TOTAL. In 48 plays.
There was rust at times from Murray, the interception was a touch late giving the Falcons an easy takeaway at a potentially crucial time. But if Murray wanted to put an exclamation mark on his Cardinals return he did it in style. On the final drive he ran for his life on 3rd & 10 on the Arizona 42-yard-line, and somehow escaped to pick up a first down with a thirteen yard run.
Two plays later Murray hit Trey McBride for 33 yards to the Falcons 9 yard line and setting up the Cardinals game winning field-goal.
|Passing 1st downs||5||11|
|Rushing 1st downs||11||8|
|1st downs from penalties||4||1|
|3rd down efficiency||7-14||3-11|
|4th down efficiency||1-2||1-1|
|Yards per Play||3.9||5.9|
|Yards per pass||2.9||6.8|
|Yards per rush||4.5||4.7|
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||2-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|