Arizona Cardinals Beat Atlanta Falcons 34-33

Published: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 9:41am
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Kliff Kingsbury

Arizona's Kliff Kingsbury said he didn't even bother to watch Matt Bryant's extra point attempt near the end of the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals coach was too busy trying to figure out what his offense was going to run during the minute and 53 seconds left in the game.

The way it worked out, Kingsbury could have relaxed.

Bryant missed the extra point, and Arizona escaped with a 34-33 win over the Falcons on Sunday behind Kyler Murray's 340 yards passing and three touchdowns.

"That's the way it goes sometimes," Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. "I feel like today we had some things that went our way."

Fitzgerald was talking about several close calls that went in favor of the Cardinals, who have now won two straight games.

Damiere Byrd looked like he might have fumbled after a 58-yard catch, but the call was upheld after a review. Murray ran for a first down on the game's final drive on a play that was close to being short of the marker, but that review was also confirmed.

Even with those advantages, Atlanta could have tied the game with 1:53 left after Matt Ryan hit Devonta Freeman on a 12-yard touchdown pass. But the 44-year-old Bryant missed left on the extra point, and the Cardinals ran out the clock from there.

Ryan — who threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns — didn't blame his kicker. The Falcons erased a 17-point deficit in the second half.

"These kinds of games never come down to one play," Ryan said. "Everybody in the locker room can look at four or five things they did throughout the game that we could have done better, that we would have been in a different situation at the end of the game."

The Cardinals (2-3-1) took a 34-27 lead with 5:12 remaining on David Johnson's 14-yard touchdown catch from Murray. Johnson made a great adjustment to his route on the slightly underthrown ball, catching the ball between two defenders.

The Cardinals won at home for the first time since last Oct. 28.

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