Raiders vs Cardinals scores: Thunder returns to historic comeback in OT caps as Arizona overcomes 20-point deficit

The Arizona Cardinals were going for a 0-2 start and were left for dead in the insane NFC West. Instead, he turned that fortune to the Las Vegas Raiders — rallying from a 20-point second half deficit to stun Vegas in overtime on Sunday.

Byron Murphy made an incredible comeback with a 59-yard fumble return and left 3:51 in overtime to steal the win. The Raiders were driving to the Cardinals’ 41-yard line and needed just one field goal to win before Isaiah Simmons forced Hunter Renfro for a fumble, which led to a scoop and score from Murphy.

By halftime, the Raiders took a 20-0 lead in the game. The 20-point blown lead is the biggest in the history of the franchise. Las Vegas took a 23-7 lead in the fourth quarter before Kyler Murray got the Cardinals on his back. Murray had no time left on the clock to force overtime, then threw an incredible pass to AJ Green on a two-point conversion attempt to force overtime.

The Cardinals first got the ball in overtime, but Marquis Brown dropped a fourth down reception on a hit from Duran Harmon, which would have set Arizona in the red zone. The Raiders needed only a field goal to seal victory, but Renfro stumbled into Daniel Carlsen’s expected boundary, causing Murphy to touchdown.

The teams were 2-149 last season, trailing by more than 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals were able to pull it off. Murray finished 31 of 49 with touchdowns and interceptions for 277 yards, while making five carries for 28 yards and a score. Derek Carr finished 25 of 39 for 252 yards and two touchdowns without a hitch.

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Give all the credit in the world to Murray, who hurled insults at a passive Cardinals on his back and led it to victory. Murray had 252 yards in the second half and overtime to bring the Cardinals back, totaling two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) and running and throwing for a two-point conversion (both came in the fourth quarter).

Murray kept the video game numbers and plays to get the Cardinals back in the game, even though he himself did not make a game winning game. The Cardinals had to work overtime because of what Murray did.

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Vegas turned conservative on the offense in the final quarter, running just eight plays for 14 yards and maintaining a tired defense on the field with Murray running circles around them and bringing back the Cardinals’ offense. The raiders did not trust Carr enough to sustain the drive and the ball was not found in Davante Adams’ hands.

On top of the inconsistency on offense, Murray dodged Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby several times and extended plays against a secondary who could not finish a play. The Cardinals thus ended a 20-0 deficit.


With Arizona trailing 23-13 in the fourth quarter, Murray bought enough time on a two-point conversion that escape seemed impossible. Yet Murray found a way out as he backpedaled all the way to the 20-yard line and a 20.8-ball to eventually take out several Raiders defenders in second pockets and reduce the Raiders’ lead to 23-15. Run it for conversion.

The play was wildly entertaining and showed the difference maker die when on the field. That run kept the Cardinals in a game of ball in the middle of the fourth quarter – and was instrumental in their eventual comeback victory. Without that drama from Murray, Arizona doesn’t have a chance.


“There were so many do or die plays, I lost count.” – Cliff Kingsbury after the game describing the Cardinals’ second half return (via Darren Urban of the Cardinals website,

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Clearly, Murphy’s game-ending fumble recovery for the touchdown takes the cake here. Simmons forced a fumble on Renfro which caused Murphy to pick up the ball and move it to the other side for a 59-yard touchdown.

Murphy almost did not reach the end zone after losing control of the ball, but the game was not turned over. The Cardinals returned after appearing dead in the water several times throughout the game.


The Raiders (0-2) travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans (0-1) next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Cardinals (1-1) will host the Los Angeles Rams (1-1) next Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

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