Arizona Cardinals made a massive comeback, surviving multiple tough situations to beat the Seattle Seahawks after overtime. The final result of this dramatic and exciting game was 37-34 for the hosts.
Sunday Night Football couldn’t be better as the fans had the opportunity to see one of the best contests since the start of this NFL season. The Cards had to come back following a big deficit, force the OT as the regulations expired, then miss a game-winning field goal, survive another Seahawks’ push, before closing the match in their favor.
“Wanting to be the best, you got to beat the best,” Kyler Murray said. “And that’s just the nature of this game. In any sport, you got to beat the best. So I think it was a big, big step for us.”
And indeed, the Seahawks were 5-0 until this week, considered by many to be the best team in the entire NFL. However, Arizona showed that they have high goals too, and that they want to win the NFC West division as well.
Everything started perfectly for the Seahawks, who were up 10-0 in no time, having a 13-point lead twice during the second period. Wilson and his crew went to a break with a 27-17 result.
The second half was wild, with the Cardinals catching up the rivals after interceptions and punts on both sides. With 34-31 for Seattle, Arizona got the ball, 52 seconds to go. They were struggling to find a way towards the end zone, and Zane Gonzalez had to hit a 44-yard FG to tie the result as time expired.
Seattle would get the first possession in the OT, and the home team stopped the visitors from scoring, but when needing to solve the match, Gonzalez missed the field goal from 41 yards. It seemed that the Seahawks are about to win, but luckily for Arizona, they had a rookie called Isaiah Simmons.
This youngster intercepted Russell Wilson, bringing back the possession to the Cards, and this time, Gonzalez had more composure making a 48-yard FG, to conclude this superb battle.
“Couldn’t be happier for Isaiah,” Kingsbury said. “You saw tonight, the ability he has to make that play in that situation was huge and will do wonders for him moving forward.”
Meanwhile, the atmosphere wasn’t that great with the Seahawks, especially with Wilson.
“I thought we played a great game except for those three plays, honestly,” he said. “Those are my fault. There’s so much that we can do, and we have so much confidence. Our confidence is not going to waiver.
Seattle’s QB had 388 yards, for three TDs and interceptions each, while rushing for 84. Two hundred of those passing yards were towards Tyler Lockett, who had a monster game and was the target for all three touchdowns. It was one of the best WR performances in the last 12 months.
The Cards’ had fantastic Murray, who posted 360 yards, with three touchdown passes, one interception, and one rushing TD alongside 67 rushing yards. DeAndre Hopkins was at the all-pro level again with 103 yards in 10 catches for one TD. Christian Kirk had just 37 receiving yards, but two scores.
Up next, Arizona has a bye week, before hosting the Miami Dolphins, and the Buffalo Bills.
The Seahawks meet the 49ers at home next weekend, and after that have two very tough matches against the Bills and the LA Rams.
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