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. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots starting right guard Dan Connolly is active for the Patriots home opener against the Cardinals after being limited this week with a head injury. The Patriots list RB Shane Vereen (foot), WR Greg Salas, CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), TE Daniel Fells (shin), DE Jake Bequette and defensive linemen Justin Francis and Marcus Forston.

 

Here are the ten matchups we’re looking forward to seeing in Sunday’s Patriots-Cardinals game at Gillette Stadium:



FOXBORO -- Dan Connolly and Shane Vereen lead a list of seven Patriots listed as questionable for Sunday's home opener against the Cardinals at Gillette Stadium. All seven were limited on Friday as the Patriots had their second straight day of perfect attendance at practice, which was in shorts and shells on the main stadium field.

Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King made his weekly appearance on Mut & Merloni on Friday as part of WEEI's Patriots Friday coverage.

Looking at the Patriots' season-opening victory over the Titans, King joined the legions who were impressed with New England's dominant defensive effort.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had everyone on their 53-man roster at practice for the second straight day on Friday as the team worked out in shorts and shells on the main Gillette Stadium field. 

It was the second straight day back at practice for offensive lineman Dan Connolly, who was listed as limited on Thursday with a head injury. Connolly suffered the injury while serving as fullback on Stevan Ridley's one-yard TD run on Sunday in Tennessee. 

FOXBORO -- There are moments that define every NFL player’s career. There are moments that stick out as unforgettable timestamps and unmistakable landmarks in history.

I remember sitting in the living room with my then-1-year-old daughter, Janie, watching Super Bowl XXXVI on Feb. 3, 2002.



MIKE PETRAGLIA

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