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In his third season after Arizona selected him at No. 1 overall, quarterbackhas made it to the playoffs.
And he’s fully embracing the moment, as the Cardinals get ready to play the Rams on Monday night.
“As a competitor, this is as big as it gets,” Murray said in his Thursday press conference. “This is the playoffs. This is what you dream of. This is what you live for. This is what you play for, the opportunity to go win a Super Bowl. There’s no shying away from it. This is something you dream about as a kid. To be able to be in this situation now and to be in it, it doesn’t get much better.”
Kliff Kingsbury expects the best game of Kyler Murray’s career
Some players rise to the occasion in their postseason debuts and others falter under the increased pressure that comes with playing in the spotlight, but Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury isn’t worrying about quarterback Kyler Murray falling into the latter category. Kingsbury told reporters that he believes Murray has been building toward this moment throughout [more]Kingsbury told reporters that he believes Murray has been building toward this moment throughout his entire career and that he will come up with something special when he takes the field in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Murray noted that he’s felt the sense of urgency in the locker room now that the postseason has arrived, with players excited and ready to go. Earlier this week, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he’s expecting Murray to playin the upcoming Wild Card matchup.
“He’s watched me for a long time, so he knows my [mentality] as far as big games or just the game in general,” Murray said of his coach’s comments. “I eat, breath and sleep football. To be in this situation, I’m excited about it. There’s no fear. There’s no nerves about playing at a high level. You’ve just got to go out there and execute the plays and be yourself. I cherish this moment. I understand, and I’m excited for it.”
He also thinks it’s natural for postseason games to have a different feel as teams get ready for them.
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There are two 23-year-olds making their debuts (Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts and New England’s Mac Jones). Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger is set to retire. Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow seems like he’s just getting started. Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Stafford is seeking his first playoff victory while 26-year-old Patrick Mahomes is looking for his third consecutive Super Bowl. Fates and fortunes vary, but it's the playoffs where stars are made, Hall of Fames are earned and championships are won.
“It’s the playoffs. It’s Monday night in L.A. We’re the only game on TV. I don’t know how you cannot feel a certain way about it or be juiced up about it,” Murray said. “I was raised that way. You’ve got to show up when the team needs you. It’s on us. We have got to go out here and prepare well this week and go out and execute on Monday. There’s nothing else that really needs to be said about it.”
While Murray and the Cardinals faltered against the Rams at home in Week 14, they won 37-20 in L.A. back in Week Four. Murray finished that game 24-of-32 passing for 268 yards with two touchdowns adding 39 yards on the ground.
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