Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray's rookie season is how well he has played against the top-pass defense in the league.
Murray scored twice on the 49er's defense In these two games, he has prevailed like no other quarterback against San Francisco, which is among others in the ranking of passing shipyards and robberies leader.
In Murray's two games against the 49ers, he has completed 41 of his 57 passes at a 71.9 percent completion rate. In the other eight games of the 49ers, opposing quarterbacks have completed 133 of 268 passes, a graduation rate of 49.6 percent.
Murray has averaged 6.9 yards per pass against the 49ers. All other quarterbacks have dropped on average 4.9 yards per pass against the 49ers.
Murray has dropped four touchdown passes without intercepting the 49ers. All other quarterbacks have completed six touchdown passes with eleven interceptions against the 49ers.
Murray has completed 51 yards per game, scoring a sweeping touchdown against the 49ers. All other quarterbacks have an average of 10 rushing yards per game against the 49ers and no one has targeted a touchdown.
Murray's Passer ratings in his two games against the 49ers were 130.7 and 101.8. The highest pass rating that another quarterback had against the 49ers was Andy Dalton's 90.5 rating in Week Two, and this was supported by his numbers in the garbage collection; Dalton threw a 66-yard touchdown pass with 56 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lower the Bengals' 41:10 deficit to 41:17.
The Cardinals lost both games against the 49ers. are out of the playoff competition. But Murray proves that he can play big games against the best competition. He should have the cardinals in dispute for many more years.