Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins revelled along with sports greats on social media about their ridiculous 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown to break the Bills’ hearts in a 32-30 win in Arizona on Monday (AEST).
It was the very definition of a Hail Mary.
Murray, with the Cardinals trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter and down to their final play, avoided a tackle while scrambling left. The second-year quarterback then heaved the ball into the end zone to a well-guarded Hopkins while falling out of bounds.
The 6-foot-1 receiver was somehow able to outjump and fight off three Bills defenders to come down with the ball for an improbable touchdown and a thrilling Arizona win. It was Murray’s only touchdown pass of the game, though he ran for two scores.
The two stars at the centre of the play had very different reactions to their miracle moment.
“Never Panic,” Hopkins wrote on Twitter after the game.
Murray was a bit more honest in his post where he all but admitted he tossed it long and hoped for the best.
“Shiiiiiiiiiiiiid….. Hop down there somewhere!” Murray wrote on Twitter along with a smiley face and genie emoji.
The play also caught the eye of Lakers star LeBron James. The four-time NBA champion was thrilled by the outcome.
“WOW WOW WOW!! HOP HOP HOP! @DeAndreHopkins My bro different!!” James posted on Twitter.
Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning also chimed in alongside some of the biggest names in football.
“There are only a select few of us that can make a play like this! Ha,” the two-time Super Bowl champion tweeted.
The Cardinals moved into a three-way tie atop the NFC West at 6-3. The Bills, who had just completed a 12–play, 73-yard drive, to take the lead with 3:01 remaining fall to 7-3 and just half a game ahead of the Dolphins (6-3) in the AFC East.