Cardinals-Lions rewind: Detroit upsets Arizona

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And just like that, the Arizona Cardinals lost in a huge upset to the the team with the league's worst record, the Detroit Lions (2-11-1).

Lions never trailed in the game.

The Cardinals (10-4) scored just one touchdown in their 30-12 road loss, their first of the season, and are on a two-game losing skid overall.

Kyler Murray had a menial performance, going 23-of-41 for 257 yards, threw just one TD, and an interception. The Cardinals will have to clinch their first playoff berth at home against the Indianapolis Colts (8-6) on Christmas.

Lions' Patterson scores third FG, Cardinals concede loss

The Cardinals have officially given up.

After Lions kicker Riley Patterson this third field goal for 45 yards with 2:51 left, Cardinals backup quarterback Colt McCoy replaced Kyler Murray.

Also, backup wideout Andy Isabella has substituted for Rondale Moore.

The Lions now lead 30-12. That's the most points allowed by the Cardinals in a road game this season.

Touchdown comes too late for Cardinals

Kyler Murray threw a 26-yard touchdown pass up the middle to wide receiver Christian Kirk at the 4:46 mark.

That's the first TD Murray has thrown since the Cardinals' road win at Chicago Bears on Dec. 5.

The Cardinals attempted a two-point conversion, and Murray's pass was batted down.

Arizona has trailed all game. Detroit currently leads 27-12.

Cardinals can't find end zone

The Cardinals are desperate for a touchdown and they almost got it from wide receiver Antoine Wesley.

The backup WR for DeAndre Hopkins caught a deep pass left from Kyler Murray for about 70 yards on fourth-and-6 at the 11:43 mark. But Wesley didn't have both of his feet inbounds on the reception. He landed in the shallow corner of the end zone.

The officials upheld their incomplete pass ruling after the review.

Detroit FG pushes lead to 21

The Lions have led all game and put more pressure for an improbably comeback by the Cardinals.

Arizona has yet to score a touchdown through early in the fourth quarter, and have to score three with good extra points to tie the score, which is now 27-6.

Lions kicker Riley Patterson made his second field goal for 47 yards on fourth-and-8 at 13:21 left to play.

Prater scores Cardinals' second FG

Is the Cardinals offense unable to find its rhythm, or is the Lions defense too strong?

Arizona, the NFL's fourth-best scoring offense, hasn't scored a touchdown through late in the third quarter.

In the Cardinals ended their 11-play, 72-yard drive on Matt Prater's second field goal for 29 yards on fourth down at 4:16.

They nipped at Detroit's lead, 24-6.

Cardinals get takeaway, then throw INT leading to Lions TD

Just when you thought the Cardinals were starting to show some momentum, the Lions took that away quickly.

The Cardinals got a forced fumble on running back Godwin Igwebuike on first-and-10 at the Arizona 47 at the 8:59 mark in the third quarter. That was recovered by cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. at the 44.

Then Kyler Murray threw his first interception on second-and-8 at Cardinals' own 46, caught by CB Amani Oruwariye at the Lions 44 and returned it for 50 yards to the Cardinals 6.

Then Jared Goff throw a short pass right to RB Jason Cabinda and he ran it in for the Lions' third touchdown.

The extra point was good. Lions lead 24-3, smelling a massive upset victory.

Prater's FG cuts Lions' lead early in 3rd quarter

The Cardinals as trying to right their ship, using their run game to enter the second half somewhat explosive.

After Arizona had just five first downs in the first half, the Cardinals had four in their opening 64-yard drive in the third quarter. Their running backs James Conner and Chase Edmonds had each two chunk plays for 22 yards and 23, respectively, in that series.

The latter carry got the Cardinals to the Detroit 18, and Arizona resorted to a fourth-down field goal for 29 yards by Matt Prater after the Cardinals didn't score a touchdown.

Cardinals' slow start in 1st half

Several Cardinals, including coach Kliff Kingsbury, said to the media earlier this week the Lions are "better than their record."

That's manifested in the first half as Detroit leads Arizona, 17-0, and the Cardinals were not in sync on either side of the ball.

Many of the Cardinals reporters, including azcentral's Greg Moore and Bob McManaman, are wondering what is going on with them?

Jared Goff threw his second touchdown pass deep through the middle for 22 yards to wideout Josh Reynolds on first-and-10 with 22 seconds in the second quarter.

Arizona turned the ball over on downs on fourth-and-goal after Kyler Murray threw an incomplete pass short left to Antoine Wesley on fourth-and-3 just before the two-minute warning.

That was the Lions first red zone stop this season.

In the Cardinals' third possession at the 8:29 mark in the second quarter, Murray was sacked by outside linebacker Charles Harris for a loss of 12 yards in the Lions' zone blitz on third-and-3 at Detroit's 44. During that same drive, Murray has a pass batted down.

The Cardinals are 1-of-5 on third down, and Detroit is 4-of-8.

That led to Arizona's third three-and-out this game, and the second time Murray was sacked. The first sack, split by Harris and OLB Jessie Lemonier, happened on their second series for a loss of eight on third-and-four at Arizona's own 31 at 14:09.

The Cardinals defense has given up 71 rushing yards to their 13 thus far, including Detroit's 6.4 yards per attempt compared to Arizona's 3.7. Detroit's air strike as racked up 167 passing yards to Arizona's 71. At one point late in the first quarter, the Cardinals had just 3 all-purpose yards compared the Lions' 169.

Plus, the Cardinals have incurred five penalties for 55 yards. The Lions have four for 20.

Lions' TD extends lead early in 2nd

The Lions scored for the second time in as many possessions.

Quarterback Jared Goff threw the game's first touchdown as he connected wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for a 37-yard deep pass left at the 14:53 mark in the second quarter.

The extra point was good. Cardinals trail the Lions, 10-0.

Dec 19, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) makes a touchdown catch against Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Devon Kennard (42) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) makes a touchdown catch against Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Devon Kennard (42) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Lions end 1st possession with FG

The Lions had the game's first scoring play, a 37-yard field goal to end their 63-yard opening drive at the 6:14 mark, to take a 3-0 lead over the Cardinals.

Hopkins' possible return to Cardinals for NFC Championship, Super Bowl

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported on Sunday morning that DeAndre Hopkins “could be back” for the NFC Championship Game or Super Bowl if the Cardinals were to make it that far, per source.

He added it could be “unrealistic” to expect him to return any earlier.

The Cardinals' All-Pro wide receiver suffered a torn MCL in their loss to the Rams, and was slated for knee surgery thereafter.

Cardinals-Lions inactive players

Cardinals inactives versus Detroit include quarterback Trace McSorley, cornerback Breon Borders, running back Eno Benjamin and nose tackle Zach Kerr.

Lions inactives are WR Trinity Benson, QB David Blough, tackle Will Holden, guard Jonah Jackson, outside linebacker Julian Okwara, RB D'Andre Swift, and safety Trace Walker.

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