Kyler Murray’s stunning Hail Mary to DeAndre Hopkins was the first one he’s thrown in his life

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  • In the last seconds of Sunday's matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills, Kyler Murray hit DeAndre Hopkins with a brilliant Hail Mary touchdown pass to give the Cardinals a last-second victory.
  • Murray told NBC's Peter King that he had "never done a Hail Mary before" Sunday's 43-yard stunner that dropped perfectly into Hopkins outstretched hands.
  • Despite having many incredible moments during his time at Allen High School and with the Oklahoma Sooners, Murray insisted that "none can compare" to Sunday's last-second touchdown.
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Kyler Murray has pulled off many impressive feats in his young football career, but a Hail Mary wasn't one of them until Sunday.

With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter of the Arizona Cardinals' Sunday afternoon matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Kliff Kingsbury's 23-year-old quarterback delivered a stunning 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to give Arizona the last-second victory.

While watching a clip of the play shortly after the game, Murray told NBC's Peter King that he had "never done a Hail Mary before."

DeAndre Hopkins bests three Buffalo Bills defenders to haul in Kyler Murray's Hail Mary pass.
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"That's my first one," Murray said.

King attempted to clarify what the second-year dual-threat quarterback meant, asking if he'd ever "had one in high school, even."

"No," Murray insisted. "Never."

Though he's still young, Murray has quite a stacked resume from various levels of football. His Allen High School squad won three consecutive Texas state championships. And Murray — who was named Gatorade Football Player of the Year during his senior season — boasted a perfect 42-0 record as a starter for the Eagles.

Kyler Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns in his lone season starting for the Oklahoma Sooners.
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Murray moved on to back up now-Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen at Texas A&M before transferring to Oklahoma, where he backed up Sooners legend Baker Mayfield. When he finally earned a starting nod from Lincoln Riley, Murray took full advantage of the opportunity, throwing for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns on the season. He earned the Heisman Trophy that season after leading Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff.

But of all the incredible moments of his illustrious career, Murray insists that Sunday's bomb to Hopkins takes the cake.

Kyler Murray celebrates a touchdown for the Arizona Cardinals.
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"Well, in high school, we had a lot of moments. Never like this one, though," Murray told King. "Last-second, I mean, this is the highest level. Hail Mary, last play of the game."

"I really have had a lot of moments in my life … but this one, none can compare," he added.

The Cardinals are currently in a three-way tie for the top spot in the loaded NFC West. They'll face off against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks — one of the fellow frontrunners of the division — on Thursday for a chance to take firm control of the NFC West and inch closer to the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2015.

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