The troubles for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals weren’t anything that a trip to the star quarterback’s favorite stadium couldn’t fix.
The Cardinals might be back in two weeks for a wild-card game.
Murray threw two TD passes to Antoine Wesley and the Cardinals held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 25-22 in a matchup of playoff-bound teams Sunday.
The Outcome Of The Cardinals Game Didn’t Do Much
The outcome didn’t do much to change the races for the NFC’s No. 1 seed or the NFC West but did leave the Cowboys and Cards with matching 11-5 records after Arizona ended a three-game skid and stopped the NFC East champion’s four-game winning streak.
The teams go into the final weekend as the fourth and fifth seeds in the playoffs, which would mean a first-round meeting — once again at AT&T Stadium since Dallas won its division. The wild-card round is guaranteed for both teams since Green Bay’s 37-10 win over Minnesota on Sunday night left them with no chance to get the NFC’s first-round bye.
Murray improved to 8-0 as a starter at the home of the Cowboys. Most of those victories were as a Texas high school playoff star in the Dallas area, but the past two have been as a pro after last season’s 38-10 rout.
“Coming home, I can’t lose coming home,” Murray said. “That’s just how I feel. I’m not worried about two weeks from now. We got Seahawks next week, divisional game at home. The guys will come ready to play.”
The Cardinals’ victory over Dallas in 2020 was the first game after Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury. The star quarterback’s presence was felt in a fourth-quarter comeback that fell short after early misfiring similar to how the offense looked for weeks in the wake of Prescott’s calf strain in Week 6.