As to Hezekiah, the Jew, he did not submit to my yoke. I laid
siege to 46 of his strong cities, walled forts, and to the
countless small villages in their vicinity. I drove out of them
200,150 people, young and old, male and female, horses,
mules, donkeys, camels, big and small cattle beyond counting
and considered [them] booty. Himself I made a prisoner in
Jerusalem, his royal residence, like a bird in a cage.
What is interesting about this report by Sennacherib is that he says he conquered all of Judea except Jerusalem. Then he surrounded the city of Jerusalem with his massive army. He trapped Hezekiah “like a bird in a cage.” Then the story ends right there. No more comment. The question is this: So, what happened next? Why does the great emperor and general tell us what happened? Generally ancient rulers only reported on their victories, not their defeats. It is not much of a stretch for us to join the facts in 2 Kings 18-19 and Isaiah 36-37 with Sennacherib’s account and realize what happened. He trapped the Jews in Jerusalem, like a bird in a cage, but then his army was mysteriously destroyed. The two accounts agree in every detail, and the biblical account explains the missing information in Sennacherib’s account of the campaign in Judea.
This is good but not absolutely overwhelming evidence for the biblical account. So my answer is yes and no on the existence of archaeological evidence or the death of the Assyrian army, but more yes than no.