Kyler Murray matches Tom Brady with historic QB performance
Kyler Murray has aspirations to win Super Bowls and be one of the great quarterbacks in the game.
On Sunday, in leading the Arizona Cardinals (5-2) to a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback and 37-34 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks (5-1), Murray pulled off a feat that only one other QB has done against Russell Wilson.
In the roller-coaster NFC West showdown on Sunday Night Football, Kyler Murray became the second QB to toss at least three touchdown passes while erasing a 10-point deficit in the final period, according to the NFL Research Twitter account.
The other signal-caller to do it? Tom Brady, then with the New England Patriots — in the same stadium. The game? Super Bowl XLIX, which the Patriots won 28-24 after Malcom Butler’s famous interception.
Kyler Murray joined Tom Brady as the only QBs to throw 3+ pass TD & overcome a 4th quarter deficit of 10+ points vs Russell Wilson
Brady did it in Super Bowl XLIX … in University of Phoenix Stadium, where Murray just completed his comeback
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 26, 2020
NFL Research also noted that Sunday night marked Kyler Murray’s first career comeback win after facing a 10+ point fourth-quarter deficit.
As Pro Football Talk pointed out, the Seahawks have a 13-3 record against the league since Week 5 of 2019 — except against the Cardinals, to whom they’ve lost both matchups.
Overall, Kyler Murray threw for 360 yards of 34-for-48 passing and three touchdowns with an interception. He added 67 rushing yards and a TD on 14 carries. The teams combined for 1,091 yards, the most in a regular-season game since 2013.
“Wanting to be the best, you got to beat the best,” Murray said afterwards. “And that’s just the nature of this game. In any sport, you got to beat the best. So I think it was a big, big step for us.”
More importantly, the win moved the Cardinals to 5-2 on the season. Whether Murray can elevate them to Super Bowl contention in his second season remains to be seen, but out-dueling Wilson in a clutch moment a la Brady is certainly evidence that he’s on the right track.