Cards push back Cowboys 25-22 in playoff teams game – WSB 95.5
ARLINGTON, Texas – (AP) – Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals’ problems weren’t something a trip to the star quarterback’s favorite stadium couldn’t fix.
They could be back in two weeks for a wild card game.
Murray threw two touchdown passes to Antoine Wesley and the Cardinals held on to beat the Dallas Cowboys 25-22 in a playoff team duel on Sunday.
The result didn’t change races for the NFC No.1 seed or NFC West much, but left the Cowboys and Cardinals with matching records of 11-5 after Arizona ended. to a three-game skid and stopped the NFC East champion’s four-game winning streak.
The teams enter the final weekend as the fourth and fifth seed of the playoffs, which would mean a first-round encounter – again at AT&T Stadium since Dallas won its division. The wildcard round is guaranteed for both teams as Green Bay’s 37-10 victory over Minnesota on Sunday night left them no chance of securing the NFC first-round pass.
Murray improved to 8-0 as a home starter for the Cowboys. Most of those wins were as a star in the Texas High School Playoffs in the Dallas area, but the last two were as a pro after last season’s 38-10 rout.
âComing home I can’t lose coming home,â Murray said. âIt’s just how I feel. I’m not worried in two weeks. We have the Seahawks next week for the home division game. The guys will come ready to play.
The Cardinals’ victory over Dallas in 2020 was the first game after Dak Prescott’s ankle injury ended the season. The star quarterback’s presence was felt in a failed fourth quarter comeback after early misfires similar to the offensive appearance for weeks following Prescott’s calf strain during week 6.
Prescott’s third touchdown pass, a 4-yard goal to Amari Cooper and a 2-point conversion throw to Cedrick Wilson brought Dallas less than three minutes to five minutes left.
Murray ran for a first down and passed for another before Chase Edmonds hit 11 yards to force Dallas to use his last time out.
In the next game, Edmonds lost the ball at the end of a 6-yard run, but was called off as Osa Odighizuwa of Dallas recovered just from the sidelines.
Since the Cowboys had no more downtime, they couldn’t challenge even though the replay made it look like the call could have been called off. As a result, Murray finished a no-turnover performance against the NFL’s top team in take-out.
âPlay against the referees again, as usual. It seems like an event every week, âsaid Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory. “We just need to sort it out and just take care of it.” It’s a good team. Hope we see them in the playoffs.
The Cardinals have reached 25 points for just the second time in seven games, this time triggered by a false punt succeeded in the second quarter when Jonathan Ward pulled off an unlikely recovery from the throw from back Chris Banjo. A pass interference penalty would have resulted in a first down anyway.
The deception and another interference flag on the third try led to Meter shot from Murray to Wesley on the fourth down. The pair connected again from 19 yards in the third quarter for a 19-7 lead in another game without injured leading receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Running back James Conner (heel) ultimately couldn’t go so well.
âThey’ve been resilient all this time no matter what has been said or thought outside of our building,â said coach Kliff Kingsbury. “These guys have worked hard and understand what we can be, and we just have to keep fighting.”
The Cowboys were the healthiest of the season, but lost wide receiver Michael Gallup to a left knee injury on his 21 touchdown yards caught for their first points late in the first half. Owner Jerry Jones has said Gallup was out for the playoffs with what appeared to be an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Murray finished 26 of 38 for 263 yards and two touchdowns while Prescott finished 24 of 38 for 226 yards with a lost fumble when the Cowboys lost eight early in the fourth quarter.
Prescott’s fumble set up a short haul to the last of Matt Prater’s four field goals for a 25-14 lead.
SPREAD IT AROUND
Wesley, who scored the last three touchdowns in Arizona since last week’s loss to Indianapolis, had four catches for 30 yards. Christian Kirk (43 yards) and AJ Green (42) each had a long wrestling to establish scores. Kirk finished with 79 yards for six catches and Green has three for 74.
The Cardinals ended the struggling Dallas running game, holding Ezekiel Elliott to 16 yards on nine carries. Prescott was Dallas’ first rusher with 20 yards.
HOLD THINGS UP
Dallas received four detention penalties, two of which eliminated third conversion passes. These two possessions ended in puntings. The Cowboys have committed 10 penalties for 88 yards, their fourth game with at least 10 this season.
âI think the most important thing for us offensively was the timing of the penalties,â said coach Mike McCarthy. “It was a big part of the struggle.”
Arizona’s regular season final is at home against Seattle on Sunday, while Dallas travels to Philadelphia for a Saturday night game.
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