Kyler Murray’s magic found its way to Las Vegas on Sunday as Arizona made one of the big comebacks.
The Cardinals left the desert delirious after Byron Murphy scored in overtime to topple Vegas 29-23.
Bigger comebacks have occurred but few less likely as Arizona amassed 22 unanswered points.
Kyler Murray converted two late two-point conversions, including one that lasted 20.8 seconds when the Cardinals forced overtime.
Arizona converted a separate two-point conversion to send the game into overtime in a thrilling Sunday twilight game in the desert.
Although Murray inspired a brilliant comeback, including this insane game in which he struggled through what felt like an eternity before finding a way to the end zone.
Arizona’s second two-point conversion that forced overtime was under scrutiny – and scrutinized online with some anger at the lack of a crucial camera angle to see if full-back AJ Green was staying in control of the football.
Green caught the ball in the end zone to level the score at 23 with 12:00 on the clock and warrant an overruling based on inconclusive evidence catch stood.
Ultimately, this led to overtime and an eventual comeback win for the Cardinals.
“You are the NFL. HOW DON’T YOU HAVE A CAMERA ON THE GOAL LINE?” wrote one user.
Social media lit up with fans in a state of disbelief at what they had just witnessed at Allegiant Stadium.
A Cardinals comeback seemed unlikely for a variety of reasons, including Murray’s slow start.
The former No. 1 overall struggled on 6 of 9 with 53 pass yards and one interception in the first half, but managed to put Arizona on the back as they somehow clinched a win.
Murray finished Sunday’s win with 31 of 49 for 277 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The former Oklahoma man also rushed five times for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Statistics don’t tell the story of Murray’s performance, nor of the Cardinals, who celebrated one of the most resounding victories in recent history.
Former NFL player-turned-TV star Pat McAfee and Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless expressed their delight and amazement at a game that will long be remembered by both fan bases.
McAfee said, “Football is so damn glorious,” while Bayless added, “Incredible escape, literally and figuratively, from Kyler and the Cardinals in Vegas that even took Kingsbury off the hook for a two-pointer tie delay.” Kyler is a human video game.’
One Raiders fan was particularly disappointed with his team’s performance, so much so that he hosted his funeral.
It was a comeback for the ages and certainly got noticed on Twitter, with one user comparing the Cards’ comeback to New England’s turn in Super Bowl LI.
New England trailed 28-3 before winning 34-28 in overtime.
The NFL’s official Twitter channel also followed suit, asking fans if they were coping with the sheer drama on the Vegas lawn.
‘ARE EVERYONE OK?!’ then the NFL hilariously answered its own question with “NO, WE ARE NOT.”