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.
Tom Brady connected on a late TD pass to Gronkowski but missed on the two-point connection to his tight end, while the Cardinals turned a blocked punt into seven points as Arizona shocked the Patriots. The loss snapped New England's winning streak in home openers at 10. It was also their first home opening loss in Gillette Stadium history.
The Patriots, hurt by the loss of Aaron Hernandez to a right ankle injury, were sluggish for the entire first half. Brady was just 7-of-12 for 75 yards and a 42.0 quarterback rating. He was sacked three times and threw an interception to Patrick Peterson, which was caused when defensive tackle Darnell Dockett got his hand on the pass at the line of scrimmage.
The Cardinals jumped out in front 6-0 on a pair of first quarter field goals from Jay Feely.
The Patriots came back to tie the game at halftime on field goals of 46 and 34 yards by Gostkowski. Late in the second quarter, Wes Welker caught a 25-yard pass from Brady as the Patriots faced third and 10 from their own 10. With the catch, Welker passed Troy Brown for the all-time franchise lead in receptions with 558. Brown was honored at halftime after being inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Brady found Welker on a 32-yard seam route to open the second half and the Patriots seem to find their rhythm. But the drive stalled at the Arizona 30 with three straight incompletions as the Patriots settled for a 51-yard Gostkowski field goal that gave New England its first lead of the day.
The Patriots forced a punt but couldn't convert a first down as Welker dropped a pass from Brady near the Patriots sideline. On the next play, Zoltan Mesko had his punt blocked at the goal line. The ball bounced out of bounds at the Patriots 2. Three plays later, Kevin Kolb found Andre Roberts on an in-cut for the game's first touchdown a 13-9 Arizona lead.
The Cardinals later drove 75 yards in nine plays, capped off with a five-yard keeper up the middle for a touchdown and a 20-9 lead with 14 minutes left. Vince Wilfork then left the field with 7:56 left in the fourth with an apparent leg injury, as he was immediately tended to on the Patriots sideline by team doctor Tom Gill. Wilfork returned on the next defensive series.
The Patriots drew to within one score on Gostkowski's fourth field goal of the day, a 53-yard field goal, with 6:50 left in the fourth. The Patriots drove 82 yards in 11 plays, including five completions to Gronkowski and a five-yard TD pass with 2:49 left.
The Patriots hit the road again next Sunday when they play the Ravens in Sunday night football at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. For complete coverage from Chris Price, Mike Petraglia, Kirk Minihane and Ryan Hadfield, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots and the blog It Is What It Is.
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We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Danny Amendola joined the show to talk about the addition of Reggie Wayne to the receiving group, the offensive tempo in game 3 of the preseason, and who is the most stylish in the locker room.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Schilling emailed Awful Announcing.
Florio gave us the latest on Brady vs Goodell.
The top stories of the day.
Deflategate news aside, there are some reports that Tom and Giselle are having some trouble in paradise. Lou, Christian and Gary discuss the validity of the reports, and Christian gives some advice to Tom.
Jerod Mayo dropped by the studio to talk with Lou, Christian, and Gary about the stress that some guys go through on "cut-down" day. He also made fun of Christian for his focus on fashion, and how exaggerated he thought HBO's "Ballers" was.
Lou, Christian and Gary (and the rest of us) are all patiently waiting for Judge Berman to decide Tom Brady's future. The guys wonder.... What is he waiting for?
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo.
Michael Holley is back and he has thoughts on what he's missed while he was gone... including Don Orsillo and NESN.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable are joined this week by special guests Jim Callis of MLB.com and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com to discuss what new GM Dave Dombrowski will do with his new prospect system. Also, do the Sox really have the best Farm system in baseball? Finally, Ken travels to Lowell to chat with Spinners' catcher Austin Rei and manager Joe Oliver.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
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