FOXBORO -- After Patriots losses, there’s no better place to find the truth than at Logan Mankins’ locker. The veteran left guard is honest -- sometimes to a fault -- and never spares himself or anyone else on the roster in his assessment of what went wrong.



FOXBORO -- What is going on with Wes Welker?



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FOXBORO -- After making his first four field goal attempts on the day, including two from beyond 50 yards, Stephen Gostkowski shouldered the blame after missing a 42-yard field goal wide left with one second remaining that allowed the Cardinals to escape with a 20-18 win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. 

FOXBORO -- After Brandon Spikes forced a fumble with just over a minute left, Danny Woodhead was sprung free for an apparent game-winning touchdown in the Patriots 20-18 loss to the Cardinals. The run was called back, however, due to a holding call on Rob Gronkowski.

"I felt like it was a clean block," Gronkowski said. "My hands were inside [his shoulder pads], but I have to look at the film. You guys saw it too, you probably saw the replay, so you can tell me if my hands were outside or not."

FOXBORO -- Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins left no doubt as to where the blame lies for New England's 20-18 loss to the Cardinals Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

"The defense kept us in the game all day; they played really well. The offense and special teams let the team down today," he said after the game. "We didn't play very good. Not scoring a touchdown until the fourth quarter. Kicking field goals. Penalties, pressures. Negative runs. [On] offense, we didn't bring our best game, and it really showed."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn't happy with his team after they lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Cardinals, 20-18. 

"That wasn't our best effort," Belichick said. "They made the plays they had to make to win. We had our chances, in the end we just couldn't make up enough of them. Hopefully we can play better, coach better next week. Do a better job. Just didn't do well enough today. It's as simple as that. In any phase of the game."  

FOXBORO -- After making his first four field goal attempts of the day, Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42-yard field goal wide left with one second remaining as the Patriots fell 20-18 in shocking fashion. Down two points, Brandon Spikes forced a fumble with 1:01 left in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a chance at the miraculous finish. Danny Woodhead appeared to scored the go-ahead TD on a 30-yard touchdown run on the second play after the Cardinals fumble but Rob Gronkowski was called for offensive holding. 

FOXBORO -- X-rays on the injured right ankle of Aaron Hernandez were negative, according to a report from the Boston Globe's Shalise Young. Hernandez was injured midway through the first quarter when Julian Edelman, filling in for Wes Welker at the start of the game, was tackled from behind by Arizona's William Gay. The two rolled up on the right ankle of Hernandez. 

The report indicated that further assessment of potential injury to the ankle was not immediately available. 

Wes Welker caught a 25-yard pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter of Sunday's Patriots-Cardinals game, a reception that moved the wideout into sole possession of first place in franchise history with 558 catches. 

Welker, who didn't start in the game on Sunday, was previously tied with Troy Brown, who played 192 games over 15 seasons with the Patriots. Welker broke the record in his 79th game with New England. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez left Sunday's game early with an injured right ankle. 

Hernandez was the lead blocker near the Patriots sideline on a pass completion to Julian Edelman, who was starting in place of Wes Welker. William Gay tackled Edelman and the two rolled up on the right leg of Hernandez. The Patriots tight end immediately grabbed his right ankle and was down for several minutes.