LIVE BLOG: Cardinals Host Vikings in Week Two

The Arizona Cardinals look to improve to 2-0 against Minnesota. Keep up to date with highlights, news, analysis and more.

Welcome to AllCardinals' live blog for Arizona's week two matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. This page will be updated live through the course of the game to keep you informed on everything happening at State Farm Stadium. 

Final Score: Cardinals 34, Vikings 33

The Arizona Cardinals survive Minnesota's comeback attempt and will advance to 2-0. Stay tuned to AllCardinals.com for all the latest news and analysis on Arizona's second win of the season. 

Fourth Quarter


Vikings are letting the clock wind down, ready to kick a potential game-winning field goal. All pressure is now on Greg Joseph. 

1:15- Adam Thielen converts the third-down pass, and puts Minnesota in solid field goal range with just over a minute left. 

1:21- Justin Jefferson was thrown a pretty ball down the sideline but it slips through his hands. 

1:45- Alexander Mattison down after a seventeen-yard screen pass. Vikings in Cardinals territory now. 

Two minute warning. We hope you had the over in this game!

2:09- Murray finds Chase Edmonds short of the sticks, and the Cardinals will give Minnesota the ball back after the Vikings use their second timeout. It will be first and ten for the Vikings on their own 23-yard line. 

2:32- Danielle Hunter finds sack number three on Kyler Murray, as the Vikings push Arizona back for a third-and-long, calling a timeout to stop the clock. Two timeouts remaining for Minnesota. 

2:45- The Vikings face a third-down on their own side of the field and are forced to punt with under three minutes left. Great stand by Arizona's defense, and the Cardinals will take over at their own 39-yard line. 

Cardinals 34, Vikings 33

4:25- The Cardinals are forced to settle for a field goal after two incomplete passes to A.J. Green on second and third-down. Prater's field goal is good and the Cardinals take a one point lead.

6:12- Vikings bring the pressure on third down and force Kyler to throw the ball away, sailing just over the head of A.J. Green. Kliff Kingsbury keeps the offense on the field and finds Christian Kirk on a last-ditch heave for a first-down!

8:00- Maxx Williams finds a first down for the Cardinals. That's his seventh reception for 94 yards. 

9:03- The Vikings are forced to punt and Rondale Moore advances the ball to Arizona's 36-yard line. Cardinals down by two and needing at least a field goal.

9:22- Dalvin Cook is again on the ground for the second time today. Cook has been limited to just 24 yards rushing in the second half after nearly reaching the century mark in the first half. 

10:39- On the following possession, the Cardinals are unable to respond as Danielle Hunter sacks Kyler Murray. Murray had open receivers downfield but Hunter found him quickly for his second sack of the day. Arizona punts. A VERY strange return by DeDe Westbrook nets Minnesota -7 yards on the punt, as the Vikings will begin their drive at their own 2-yard line. 

Vikings 33, Cardinals 31

14:49- Chandler Jones finally finds Kirk Cousins and forces a field goal attempt for Greg Joseph again. Joseph nails the 52-yard attempt and the Vikings regain the lead. 

Third Quarter

That will do it for the third quarter. It will be another Vikings third-down at Arizona's 33-yard line on the first play in the fourth quarter!

1:30- The Vikings convert their first third-down of the game. Soft coverage from Robert Alford on Justin Jefferson keeps the chains moving on third-and-long. 

Although Chandler Jones has yet to show up on the stat sheet, his presence has been felt on multiple passes, including a swing route to Cook where Jones made a big play on Cook to help force an incompletion

2:34- On a Vikings punt, the Cardinals pick up a personal foul penalty (Tanner Vallejo) for running into the kicker, which will extend Minnesota's drive. That was the first personal foul penalty on either team today. 

3:29- Murray's pass downfield is intercepted, his second of the day. Xavier Woods picks off the ball intended for Christian Kirk in double coverage, and the Vikings will take over at their own 31-yard line. 

4:51- A.J. Green with another nice catch, this time for a 29-yard gain to put the Cardinals inside Vikings territory. 

7:00- The Vikings will punt for the third time today. Minnesota now 0-4 on third down. Arizona will take over at their own 18-yard line. 

Cardinals 31, Vikings 30

9:11- TD Cardinals! A.J. Green scores his first touchdown in a Cardinals uniform and Arizona regains the lead. Soft coverage provided a quick pass for Green to beat the Minnesota defender one-on-one. Prater's extra point is good. 

9:51- Maxx Williams again finds himself open and the Cardinals are in the red zone! Kyler Murray finds Williams down the seam. 

11:13- Chase Edmonds picks up a first down through the air to put Arizona in enemy territory. Cardinals looking to respond to Murray's interception quickly. 

12:00- Right tackle Kelvin Beachum is not currently in the game, as Justin Murray is slotted in his place. Beachum has a large wrap in his rib area, per AllCardinals' Howard Balzer. 

Vikings 30, Cardinals 24

14:00- TD Vikings. Kyler Murray throws an interception on the second play of the drive and the Vikings make a house call. Murray simply misses linebacker Nick Vigil in coverage who made the easy play. 

15:00- We are underway here for the second half, as Kyler Murray and company take the field. 

Halftime: Cardinals 24, Vikings 23

What an exciting game between the two squads, with multiple lead changes coming in the first half. The Cardinals were able to settle themselves after initially being torched early by three Kirk Cousins touchdowns. Suring up the defensive interior will be vital in somewhat hoping Dalvin Cook can be contained. 


Kirk Cousins- 13/15 for 150 yards, 3 TD-0 INT, 35 yards rushing
Kyler Murray- 15/17 for 229 yards, 2 TD-0 INT, 21 yards rushing and 1 TD

Dalvin Cook- 13 attempts for 96 rushing yards, 2 receptions for 17 yards

Six different players have scored touchdowns in the first half: K.J. Osborn, Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, Rondale Moore, DeAndre Hopkins and Kyler Murray.

Second Quarter

0:00- Matt Prater nails a 62-yard field goal to put the Cardinals back in the lead at halftime. Good job by Kyler Murray and Rondale Moore to move the chains for Arizona on the final drive of the half. 

Vikings 23, Cardinals 21

0:21- Minnesota settles for a field goal after stringing together a few first downs. Greg Joseph nails the 52-yard field goal and puts the Vikings back on top. 

Cardinals 21, Vikings 20

1:33- TD Cardinals! Rondale Moore finds the end zone for the first time in his career, and the Cardinals regain the lead on their first play of the drive. Murray evaded pressure and fires a 77-yard touchdown to a wide open Moore. 

1:54- Dalvin Cook is down on the field after being stopped by Corey Peters. Cook walked off the field on his own power and the Vikings punt. 

Two Minute Warning 

Vikings 20, Cardinals 14

3:15- TD Cardinals! Kyler Murray takes it in himself to trim Minnesota's lead on a designed quarterback draw. That's Murray's second touchdown of the day and first on the ground. 

3:42- A quick sweep pass to Rondale Moore nearly sees a touchdown, however Moore fumbled the ball and the Vikings believe they recovered the ball and officials reviewed the play to confirm it's still Arizona football. 

5:00- On third down, Murray his Christian Kirk for 19-yard gain to set Arizona up in great scoring position.

8:35- Kyler Murray has a pass bounce off of multiple players before landing in the hands of tight end Maxx Williams, who advances the ball all the way down to the Minnesota 41-yard line. 

Vikings 20, Cardinals 7

8:56- TD Vikings. Justin Jefferson gets Kirk Cousins' third touchdown of the day. Budda Baker on the coverage. 

10:11- The Vikings continue to move the ball and the Cardinals have no answers. Minnesota driving and threatening to score here again. 

Per the Arizona Cardinals twitter account, DeAndre Hopkins is the first Cardinals player to have three touchdowns in their two opening games of the season since Larry Fitzgerald in 2016.

12:59- Dalvin Cook continues to torch Arizona's defense. Huge lanes for him to run through, averaging over 9 yards per carry thus far.

14:14- The Vikings quickly get the ball back

First Quarter

Thus far, the Vikings are averaging 11.3 yards per play. Cousins is 6/7 for 99 yards and 2 TD's in the first quarter. 

That's the end of the first quarter. 

Vikings 14. Cardinals 7

0:24- TD Vikings! Adam Thielen finds the end zone for Kirk Cousins' second TD of the day. Cardinals defense is non-existent at this point in either facet.

4:16- Minnesota getting Dalvin Cook involved early. Cook already has 57 scrimmage yards and the team is threatening to retake the lead. 

Cardinals 7, Vikings 7

5:49- TD Cardinals! Kyler Murray scrambles on a third down in the red zone to find a wide open DeAndre Hopkins. Patrick Peterson in coverage. Hopkins already at four catches, three of which came on that last drive.

9:25- DeAndre Hopkins with three catches already in the game. Kyler Murray doing a great job of moving the chains by feeding Hop. 

10:36- Great pressure from Chandler Jones on a third down forces the Vikings to punt.

Momentum is certainly with the Vikings early here in Glendale with a very pro-Minnesota crowd thus far making their voices heard.

12:43- Not a great start for the Cardinals. Defense allows a touchdown and the offense fails to pick up a first down. Two false starts and a timeout burned before third down see the Cardinals punt the ball. 

Vikings 7, Cardinals 0

14:16- K.J. Osborn has a WIDE OPEN catch and run for a touchdown. Two plays in for Arizona and they're already trailing. Byron Murphy assumed he had safety help and left Osborn alone. 

14:55- Dalvin Cook gains a first down on his first carry of the game.

15:00- Arizona wins the toss and defers. Vikings get the ball. Prater sends the ball through the end zone and we're under way here at State Farm Stadium. 

Cardinals in their red jerseys with white pants. Vikings in their white jerseys with purple pants. 

Storylines to Watch

  • Patrick Peterson makes his return to the desert
  • How will Beachum hold up at RT?
  • Will Zaven Collins see more playing time? 

J.J. Watt Plays Catch With Fans Before Game


Cardinals right tackle Kelvin Beachum and Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks are officially active after both were questionable heading into the game. 


After a dismantling of the Tennessee Titans, the Arizona Cardinals return to State Farm Stadium for their 2021 home opener. Arizona welcomes the Minnesota Vikings, who are 3.5 underdogs on SI Sportsbook

After completely removing Derrick Henry's impact, can the Cardinals replicate that success with Vikings running back Dalvin Cook? Can Chandler Jones gain another strong performance rushing the passer? Will Kyler Murray and company be able to reach 40 offensive points? 

We'll see answers to those questions over the course of the game. 

Our own Alex Weiner and Howard Balzer will be reporting live from State Farm Stadium, while yours truly (Donnie Druin) handles the live blog.