Because of two touchdowns by Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee. the Arizona Cardinals found themselves losing 21-8 at halftime inside State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Nov. 26.
Right out the gate, the Rams offense were not messing around.
First, LA quarterback Matthew Stafford launched a 42-yard pass to wide receiver Tutu Atwell at the ARZ 31.
Los Angeles would string together a few more plays gaining five or more yards until they scored.
Despite no huddle, Stafford threw to Higbee for a 7-yard touchdown before kicker Lucas Havrisik made the extra-point to give LA a 7-0 lead with 11:18 remaining in the first quarter.
The Cardinals would get the ball back and scored on their next drive.
In a shotgun formation, Murray shortly tossed the ball to Arizona wide receiver Marquise Brown for a gain of 17 yards.
Murray did the same with throwing a 14-yard pass to Cardinals tight end Trey McBride and a 12-yard one to wide receiver Greg Dortch.
On 2nd down and 10 at the LAR 18, Arizona running back James Conner was able to maneuver and rush for another 14 yards.
Following two plays of no gain, Murray would run into the end-zone to score a touchdown with 4:50 on the clock in the quarter.
However, due to an illegal formation penalty by LA defensive end Kobie Turner, Arizona accepted the penalty and went for a two-point conversion.
Off the bench, Cardinals backup quarterback Clayton Tune came in and battled his way to convert the conversion and make it 8-7 in favor of Arizona.
Like the first quarter, the Rams initial drive of the second gave them another lead.
LA running back Royce Freeman strung together a 14-yard rushing attempt as he broke through the middle of the Cardinals defense.
Two plays later, Atwell caught a pass by Stafford for 13 yards to the ARZ 21.
Within striking distance, Stafford found Higbee yet again as the tight end caught a 5-yard pass to score a TD with 9:57 remaining in the first half.
Havrisik kicked the extra-point between the goalposts as the score would be 14-8 Rams.
Arizona’s next drive was uneventful as they were forced to punt soon after.
But, the Rams second one also weren’t able to thread the needle before they sent Havrisik back onto the field for a field-goal attempt.
From 50-yards away, Havrisik shanked it to the right and missed to keep the score 14-8 with 3:41 left in the second quarter.
Shortly after, LA regained the ball before Stafford connected with Atwell once more, this time for 21 yards to the ARZ 15.
Before the half ended, Rams running back Kyren Williams was able to catch a 15-yard pass by Stafford for a touchdown to add to their advantage, 21-8.
Murray and the Cardinals had another short drive.
With just 0:15 left in the second quarter, Arizona safety Jalen Thompson intercepted a pass by Stafford.
- Passing: Murray – 8/16, 65 yards
- Rushing: Conner – 5 carries, 24 yards
- Receiving: Brown – 2 receptions, 22 yards
Los Angeles Rams
- Passing: Stafford – 19/24, 193 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Rushing: Williams – 10 carries, 64 yards
- Receiving: Atwell – 3 receptions, 76 yards