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Kyler Murray following Cardinals' loss: 'Disappointing' we could not 'even make it competitive' 

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1/18/2022 12:18:20 PM
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Kyler Murray had a chance to lead his team to a playoff win and make a significant leap forward in his standing among NFL quarterbacks Monday night.

He did the opposite.

The Cardinals quarterback struggled from start to finish, leading just one effective scoring drive all night and finishing with a passing line of 19 of 34 for 137 yards, two interceptions and a 40.9 passer rating in Arizona's 34-11 NFC Wild Card Game loss to the Rams. The Cardinals exited the postseason quietly, landing on the opposite end of a success scale they once dominated earlier this season, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

"It's disappointing that we didn't make it a game and come out and play the football we know we're capable of playing, that's really the most disappointing part," Murray told reporters following the loss. "Losing is one thing, but when you don't even make it competitive, it's another thing.

"I put a lot on my shoulders, put a lot on myself and to dream of this moment and then be in the playoffs, the first game of the playoffs and then to play the way I did, to play the way we did, it's, like I said, disappointing."

All the good mojo the Cardinals had accumulated for themselves early in the season was wasted in four quarters. Truly, it was the end of a process that began weeks ago, which included a lopsided loss to the lowly Detroit Lions.

Make that two straight seasons in which Kliff Kingsbury's squad repeatedly failed down the stretch. The only difference this time around: Their final disappointment came in the postseason, an outing J.J. Watt characterized as "embarrassing".

"It was a massive failure, from what we were capable of doing, to what we showed we can do, to today," Watt said Monday night. "There is no other way to describe it."

Murray was in agreement with Watt's assessment.

"Yeah, I mean, I agree," the QB said. "I play to win the Super Bowl. That's the goal, that's the mission is to win a Super Bowl, not to make it to the playoffs or go to the second round. The goal is to win the Super Bowl, we fell short of that. So, yes, I agree."

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