A game the Las Vegas Raiders dominated through three quarters came down to a final Cardinals drive on Sunday in Allegiant Stadium.
The Raiders (0-2) held a 20-0 halftime lead and a 23-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter when Arizona (1-1) rallied to tie the game at 23-23 on the strength of two touchdowns and two-point conversions.
In overtime, the Raiders Hunter Renfrow fumbled after a pass completion and Bryan Murphy picked it up and raced 41 yards for touchdown and a 29-23 victory.
The Cardinals took the first possession in overtime, but on fourth and one from the Raiders 37, Duron Harmon dislodged the ball away from Marquise Brown at the 10 yard line.
In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals scored a touchdown on a Darrel Williams 1-yard run with 8:13 left in the game and quarterback Kyler Murray scrambled in for the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 23-15.
The Raiders went three-and-out, giving the Cardinals one last chance with 4:43 remaining in the game. Arizona drove the ball inside the 10 with a second down and 34 seconds remaining.
After two incompletions, it was fourth and goal with 30 seconds left. On fourth down, the Raiders committed a defensive holding penalty, giving Arizona a first down with 16 seconds left at the Raiders 3 yard line.
Murray couldn’t connect with A.J. Green in the end zone on first down. With 11 seconds left, Johnathan Abrams broke up a pass intended for Zach Ertz. On third down, Murray couldn’t connect with Ertz again, setting up fourth down with 5 seconds left.
Murray scrambled into the end zone on the final play of the game for a touchdown. Arizona still needed a two-point conversion to tie the game. Murray hit Green in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 23-23.
Raiders build big lead in first half
In the first half, the Raiders defense limited the Cardinals to only 19 plays and five first downs. That success was partly due to strong play and because the Las Vegas offense held possession for 18:12 of the half on its way to scoring 20 points.
The Raiders took the opening kickoff and drove the length of the field in 15 plays, taking 9:38 off the clock. The drive ended in a Carr to Davante Adams touchdown pass covering one yard.
After the Cardinals were forced to punt, the Raiders took the next drive 66 yards, ending in a Daniel Carlson 32-yard field goal to make the score 10-0. That drive took nine plays and consumed 4:41 off the clock.
With 7 minutes left before the half, Carr connected with Darren Waller for a 3-yard score. That drive was seven plays and took 2:02 off the clock.
After a Cardinals interception, the Raiders took over with 1:51 left before the half. The final drive took eight plays and the remainder of time and ended with a 55-yard Carlson field goal.