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09/17/2012 - 6:41am
Brady on D&C: 'It's never one play'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance on Dennis & Callahan to recap Sunday's frustrating 20-18 loss to the Cardinals. The Patriots lost the game when Stephen Gostkowski's last-second field goal attempt went wide left, but Brady said the kicker doesn't deserve to shoulder the blame.

"He always makes those," Brady said. "He's been the best kicker, the most accurate kicker in the history of our team. He's a great kicker. Everyone's confident, he was confident, sometimes you just miss them. Sometimes as a quarterback you just miss a throw, sometimes as a linebacker you just miss a tackle or you drop a ball. That's just football. It's never one play. … It's easy now to point a finger at one player or one play. But the reality is it was a lot of plays by a lot of guys where we need to do a better job so that it doesn't come down to a kick at the end of the game."

The offense struggled all...

09/16/2012 - 5:14pm
Gostkowski: 'Sure I'll get ripped by fans'

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. 

"I'm not scared to fail," Gostkowski said. "It stinks when you do. But I wouldn't go out there every day if I was scared to screw up. I'll feel bad about this for a couple of days and I'm sure I'll get ripped for it by the fans, and it's well-deserved. My teammates have my back. No one feels worse about missing a kick than I do. You've just got to move on and get over it. It's the good ones that get over bad games it lasts a while. If I let this affect me negatively, I'm not doing my job."

Gostkowski said he felt confident going into the potential game-winning kick, a chance presented to the Patriots when Brandon...

09/16/2012 - 4:59pm
Gronk: 'It was a clean block'

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."

Following the penalty, Tom Brady hit Wes Welker on a bubble screen to set Stephen Gostkowski up for a 42-yard field goal that would have won the game, but the kicker missed wide left, and the Patriots sufferred their first loss in a home-opener since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002.

Gronkowski was adamant the defeat was a team loss and not on the shoulders of Gostkowski.

"Stephen does a great job,"...

09/16/2012 - 4:36pm
Mankins: Offense, special teams lost game

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."

The Patriots' defense was able to bottle up the Arizona offense for the bulk of the afternoon, but the offense couldn't reach the end zone until the fourth quarter. And while kicker Stephen Gostkowski was able to successfully convert his first four field-goal opportunities -- including kicks from 51 and 53 yards -- he missed a 42-yard field goal attempt with five seconds left that allowed...

09/16/2012 - 4:03pm
Belichick: 'That wasn't our best effort'

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."  

Asked how the ankle injury suffered by Aaron Hernandez affected his team, the coach responded, "You can't go into a game counting on one guy. Everybody's got to be ready to adjust. It's not the first time a player's been injured in a game." 

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