The Cardinals came off of a win against the Bengals back home to the desert to face a struggling one-win Falcons team. Before the game, there was a moment of silence for the owner Bill Bidwill, who passed away last week when the team was on the road.
To honor the Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill... pic.twitter.com/YzQDsP4iQV— AZboi (@RealNativeNik) October 13, 2019
Also, ahead of the game, they held a moment of silence for Bill Bidwill pic.twitter.com/TP1AhaVsGL— cactus fitzgerald (@kfitz134) October 13, 2019
How did Twitter react to the game itself?
Well it started with a...brutal start by the defense and the offense kicking a field goal.
So pretty much the same as always.
I would love to tell you who messed that up on Hooper but since there wasn't a Cardinals player visible on the screen, I couldn't tell you.— Dave Burns (@Burnsy987) October 13, 2019
Jordan Hicks gets a sack but Terrell Suggs was offsides. So many mistakes.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 13, 2019
Matt Ryan 9-yard dumpoff to Calvin Ridley for a TD. LB Jordan Hicks was trying to cover Ridley in space -- that probably isn't going to work. Cards' defense should've been off the field, but shot itself in the foot multiple times on that drive.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 13, 2019
Fortunately, Kyler and the Cards offense followed it up with a big play.
Only to see Kyler and the team miss Larry Fitzgerald and see another drive stall with Kliff choosing to kick a field goal instead of going for it on 4th and under 5 at the 21.
Zane Gonzalez drills a 39-yard field goal for the Cardinals, who trail, 7-3. That drive slowed when Fitz, wide open down the seam, wasn't looking when Murray threw the ball.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 13, 2019
Field goals ain’t gonna do it today. Roll the dice Kliff...— Johnny (@JohnnyTouchdown) October 13, 2019
The Falcons took over but it ended on a great play by Byron Murphy against the man in Julio Jones...
On offense, the Cardinals had mental errors that seemed to leak in as well...but also some explosive plays.
The game started with an incredible, dynamic play to avoid taking a sack by Kyler Murray. Hold onto your hats for this highlight....
Spinning around and then dropping dimes...
Murray hits Damiere Byrd DEEP -- a beautiful throw -- that gains 58 down to the Atlanta 1.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 13, 2019
Kyler Murray makes me so happy— Max (@maxmcc11) October 13, 2019
Byrd fumbled the ball but...man oh man did the Cards catch a break after a Damiere Byrd fumble?
This is going to be Atlanta ball.— Vince Marotta (@Vincemarotta) October 13, 2019
How?— Vince Marotta (@Vincemarotta) October 13, 2019
How. In. The. World?— Jess Root (@senorjessroot) October 13, 2019
Maybe Bill Bidwill was tipping the game in the Cards favor from up above? Who knows.
In any case, Arizona’s red zone offense seemed to be moving backwards until another young player stepped it right up:
Kliff puts Chase Edmonds in for David Johnson on a 3rd-and-goal. Guess what?— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) October 13, 2019
But it wasn’t just Chase, on the next drive David Johnson wanted in on the action:
David Johnson runs it in one yard, and the Cardinals have a 17-7 lead. They went 79 yards in FOUR plays, and it was all David Johnson and Chase Edmonds.— cactus fitzgerald (@kfitz134) October 13, 2019
Needless to say, people weren’t impressed with the Falcons’ defense.
FaLOLcons defense— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 13, 2019
This is the worst Falcons defense since 2014.— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) October 13, 2019
Entering the half, Arizona was in the red zone and looked ready to score another touchdown and on 3rd down with 7 seconds left had enough time to give it one more shot for 6 points and....wait why is the field goal unit on?
Kliff...y u kick on 3rd down?
ARGH!— doug franz (@doug987FM) October 13, 2019
Kingsbury decides to not take any risks. Zane Gonzalez short FG on third down gives Cardinals a 20-10 lead with 4 seconds left in the half.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 13, 2019
That was a top 1% Kliff The Coward moment— Davis Mattek (@DavisMattek) October 13, 2019
The second half began and Arizona ended up scoring and it certainly looked like the route was going to be on, right?
Robert Alford walking up and down the Cardinals sideline smiling from ear to ear— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 13, 2019
Cancel the Falcons.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) October 13, 2019
Cardinals rolling over the Falcons. Kinda happy the Lions caught ARI early...though beating this ATL team is not exactly impressive at this juncture— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) October 13, 2019
WHEW. Offensive production.
5 possessions 5 scores for AZ, and one was a cowardly 3rd down field goal— Josh Hermsmeyer (@friscojosh) October 13, 2019
You love to see it.
Kyler Murray➡️Maxx Williams for 6️⃣ pic.twitter.com/QNUYOsPKpX— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 13, 2019
Who’s having fun?
Reminder: This is the Falcons.— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) October 13, 2019
But also: The Cardinals offense is fun.
THIS. IS FUN.— Lisa Matthews (@LisaMatthewsAZ) October 13, 2019
Announcers actively mocking the Falcons slogans, this is fine— The Badfootballoholic (@TheFalcoholic) October 13, 2019
And then...in the 3rd quarter, it all changed.
The tight ends started catching, AZ kept blitzing but couldn’t get home and the Falcons started stampeding back.
Ryan starting to pick this defense apart.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) October 13, 2019
I think Dirk Koetter just realized the Cards have 3 rookies on the back end— doug franz (@doug987FM) October 13, 2019
It got worse...a TE touchdown.
Finally, AZ came up with a stop.
Biggest play of the game so far and Cardinals pass-rush finally gets to Matt Ryan.— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) October 13, 2019
Sack-fumble to Chandler Jones, who has done that before.
Chandler Jones has now sacked 40 different quarterbacks in his career— scott bordow (@sbordow) October 13, 2019
And AZ went on a long drive, needing a touchdown to essentially stay ahead in the game, it was helped by a penalty.
Maybe I was wrong. The horse-collar tackle on Vic Beasley right now rather huge— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) October 13, 2019
And then...TD DAVID JOHNSON!
Kyler Murray ➡️ David Johnson.— sunOfficial Aron Baynes Fan Club (@BaynesFanClub) October 13, 2019
The Baynes Effect is a cross sport phenomenon. pic.twitter.com/JWT4rN1gF1
Great play by Johnson and he created contact in case he couldn’t get back to the ball— doug franz (@doug987FM) October 13, 2019
But it wasn’t over....Falcons drove down for what seemed to be a game-tying score as long as they didn’t miss the Extra point.
I mean there was no way that the Falcons would....
The Atlanta Falcons. That's it. That's the tweet.— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 13, 2019
Wow that’s one of Matt Bryant’s worst kicks since he returned from World War II— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) October 13, 2019
The worst possible time for Matt Bryant to miss his first extra point of the season. I could cry— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) October 13, 2019
Poor guy, although at least there was some humor left.
Matt Bryant is now Billy Joel. Transformation complete pic.twitter.com/3jzomGg7nb— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) October 13, 2019
It wasn’t over just yet as the Cards needed a first down and it was a controversial call as to if Kyler Murray was short of the marker running out of bounds...and the call went Arizona’s way.
Certainly looked like Kyler Murray's foot went out of bounds before the first-down marker, but the officials again stay with the ruling on the field. Calls did not go the #Falcons way today.— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) October 13, 2019
Of course the real story of the game wasn’t Matt Bryant but the sensational rookie QB:
Kyler Murray threw for 340 yards in today's win. In doing so, he became the 3rd rookie in NFL history to have 300 pass yds in 3 of his team's first 6 games.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 14, 2019
He joined Cam Newton (2011) and Andrew Luck (2012).
h/t @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/LotUp3msVQ
And why everyone’s so excited:
Gonna be saying that a lot with you behind center for the next decade plus. https://t.co/8TL8wfy6ed— Max (@maxmcc11) October 13, 2019
So that’s it and what are your thoughts, Birdgang?