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.
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to discuss the 33-year-old's longevity, his thoughts on Tom Brady's approach and what the real deal is when it comes to who is the leader in the Red Sox' clubhouse.
Rob Bradford talks with both Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes, and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister, about the fascinating project the reliever undertook in the final month of 2016. Barnes explains how he, with the help of others, made a concerted effort to emulate Dellin Betances of the Yankees and how that exercise helped turn around the former No. 1 pick's season.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Mack Beggs should have been wrestling men. Gerry wants to put an end to women's wrestling.
Hour 3. Moonlight wins after a big mistake. Curtis's dad paid for his dog's plane ticket.
Hour 1. Reimer joins Kirk and Gerry on the Monday after the Oscars. A mistake leads to the best moment in Oscars' history.
The deadline for NFL team's to use the franchise tag is Wednesday, and the guys discuss the future of Jimmy Garoppolo and Dont'a Hightower.
Andrew Benintendi is one of the favorites to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, despite playing in 35 games last year.
Glenn, Lou and Christian recap the Celtics weekend and continue to lament the fact that Danny didn't get someone to help out on the boards.
Dale and MIchael discuss Mo Sanu playing the blame game for the Super Bowl loss, plus other Super Bowl related topics... for instance, will the Falcons EVER get over that loss?
Dale and Michael discuss the interest out there for Jimmy G, and whether the Patriots will move on from him.
Dale and Michael spend a good portion of the program discussing the Bruins. What are there chances going forward and what do they need to add?
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ben, Russ, and Alex talk about the decision by the Leicester City to dismiss Claudio Ranieri just months after winning the Premier League and if Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will sign with the MLS this summer?
Christian and Dr Gill talk about how baseball players need to stay in shape in the offseason, continuing maintenance during the season, and how Pablo Sandoval's health could be after missing nearly an entire season.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap a K&C Monday with Alex Reimer joining the guys for a post-Oscar themed show
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