Cardinals outlast Vikings in dramatic 67 point shootout

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray throws for 400 yards, scores three passing touchdowns and rushes for another


Ole Olafson

Arizona hung on to win 34-33 at State Farm Stadium on Sunday

Alex Keeler, Reporter

The Cardinals were able to hang on for a 34-33 victory at State Farm Stadium on Sunday against Minnesota thanks to a missed game-winning field goal off the leg of Vikings kicker Greg Joseph as time expired.

In what may have been the most exciting game so far in the early season, the Arizona offense simply could not be slowed down.

Despite having 2 interceptions, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray led the charge for the Cardinals with 400 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and a completion percentage of 81%.  He also rushed for a touchdown.

Minnesota got the scoring going early, with Vikings QB Kirk Cousins launching a 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver K.J. Osborn just less than a minute into the game.

The Cardinals responded just moments later when Murray and star wide receiver Deandre Hopkins connected for a 15-yard touchdown pass.

An eventful first half the saw lead change three times and the Cardinals headed to the locker room on top 24-23 going into the half.

Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter and Arizona started the fourth with a narrow 31-30 lead.

Joseph would connect on a 52-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, but the Cardinals would respond with a field goal of their own off the leg of kicker Matt Prater with just 4:25 left in the game.

With his team down 34-33, Kirk Cousins would march the Vikings down the field to set up a potential game-winning field goal with just 4 seconds remaining.

However, Joseph hooked the 37-yarder wide right, and the Cardinals held on to a narrow, one-point win in dramatic fashion.

The Cardinals are tied with the Rams and 49ers for first place in the NFC West, with the Seahawks currently sitting in fourth place

Arizona will look to improve to 3-0 next Sunday at Jacksonville.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 ET.