The day-after enthusiasm for one of the Arizona Cardinals' biggest road victories ever was subdued at team headquarters.
The players and their coach understand too well how close that one was, but the 20-18 triumph at New England, secured when the Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42-yard field goal with one second to play, fits a pattern for this resurgent Arizona franchise.
The Cardinals, 2-0 for the first time in four years, have won nine of 11, dating to last season, but none by more than six points. Four of their last five wins, including both this season, have gone down to the final play.
That penchant for hair-raising finishes seems fine with coach Ken Whisenhunt, as long as his team wins.