In honor of the 2020 Honda Accord being named one of Car and Driver’s 10 best cars to drive—an award the Accord won for the 22nd consecutive year, mind you—it only seems fitting to highlight the best Cards’ drives of the year, too. From trick plays to 69-yard bombs into the end zone, here are our picks for the top 10 drives and moments from the Arizona Cardinals’ surprisingly solid 2019 season:
10. The Entire Cardinals-Giants Game
In week 7, the Cardinals’ defense, led by Chandler Jones, took a stand and forced the Giants to turn the ball over 3 times, securing Arizona a third tally mark in the “W” column.
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9. Kyler Murray’s 69-Yard Touchdown Pass
This big-time throw from the no. 1 overall draft pick tied the game and kept Tampa Bay on its toes. With 324 passing yards to end the day, this match was also one of Murray’s best games of the season.
8. Hanging Tight with the 49ers
The 49ers, NFC’s eventual winners, had a tough time dispatching the Cardinals in both inter-divisional matches this season. A tough-as-mud Arizona defense, bolstered by a great secondary, was largely to blame for San Francisco’s struggles.
7. Kyler Murray’s Flea Flicker
The young rookie quarterback put his team in great position while also showcasing his accuracy on this flea flicker.
6. Pharoh Cooper’s 28-Yard Diving Catch
Kyler Murray placed this ball in a tough spot, but the youngster Cooper made a play on it, setting up an eventual field goal—and the Cardinals’ first win of the still-young 2019 season.
5. The Fake Punt Succeeds
A little razzle-dazzle, double lateral helped this fake punt convert a risky 4th-and-10.
4. The Fake Punt Fails… Miserably
Although this late-season game against Pittsburgh ended in a loss, this special teams play was a bright spot.
3. Sherfield’s Acrobatic 38-Yard Grab
Like Honda’s Lane Keeping Assist, Sherfield’s footwork to stay inbounds on this catch was a game-changer (the Cardinals went on to beat the Falcons by 1).
2. Larry Fitzgerald’s 45-Yard Catch in OT
In the first game of the season, Larry Fitzgerald did what he’s done throughout his storied career. This incredible catch along the sideline helped the Cardinals avoid a loss in an overtime thriller.
1. Kenyan Drake’s 80-Yard Touchdown Run
After his mid-season move to Arizona by way of Miami, Kenyon Drake was a revelation. Through the final 8 games of the season, Drake pounded home this 80-yard rush, reached the end zone 8 times, and amassed nearly 700 yards on the ground at a clip of 5.3-yards per carry. That’s some excellent mileage – almost as excellent as the new Honda Accord Hybrid.
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Disclaimer: *48 city/47 highway/48 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition and other factors. *Total system horsepower as measured by the peak, concurrent output of the two electric motors and gasoline engine.