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The Cardinals came into New England today as one of the largest underdogs this week and shocked Patriots fans the world over with a hard fought 20-18 victory. New England had a shot at the end to win it with a fairly standard field goal from 42 yards out, but it was not to be as Stephen Gostkowski pushed the kick wide left and the Cardinals escaped with a crucial road win.
After the game, several of Arizona’s players indicated fear of their field goal block team played a major role in the usually reliable Gostkowski missing the kick.
“We put a lot of pressure on a lot of field goal teams. I think he was a little scared of us, honestly, that is why he pushed it left.”
– Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson
“He is a kicker. It is his job to make the field goal and he missed the field goal. We have a really good field goal block team and I think that may have been in the back of his mind. You never know.”
– Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts
Obviously Gostkowski isn’t going to come...
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Edelman rolled up underneath tight end Aaron Hernandez’s ankle during Sunday’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals as he made his way downfield after catching a screen pass from Tom Brady.
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Deion Branch still has a locker and nameplate at Gillette Stadium. What he doesn't have is a job. Branch was cut from the Patriots on Aug. 31 as the team trimmed down to its 53-man roster, and although there has been speculation that New England was interested in bringing back the veteran wide receiver, nothing official has happened as the NFL enters Week 2. Branch's top...
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Notes on the Patriots-Cardinals Box Score
Bad Stats That Stand Out
Offense 5-15 on 3rd Down
4 sacks given up (though most were coverage sacks I’d say)
3.2 yards per rush.
Good Stats That Stand Out
Defense 4-14 on Third Down
Only 245 yards given up
2 forced fumbles both recovered
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