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Cardinals almost fumble away an upset, but win in New England

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb is seen shortly before being sacked by New England Patriots Vince Wilfork and Patriots Chandler Jones (Top R) during the first half of their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

With the Arizona Cardinals on the verge of a major upset in New England, Arizona running back Ryan Williams made the day’s costliest mistake at the worst possible time. And the Cardinals won anyway.

Williams, a Cardinals running back who was given a handoff with Arizona leading 20-18 and New England out of timeouts with less than a minute left, stunningly fumbled the ball, setting up a game-winning field goal attempt for New England. But Stephen Gostkowski’s field goal attempt with one second remaining was wide left, and the Cardinals managed to pull off a stunning upset.

The Patriots sure didn’t look like Super Bowl contenders for most of the game. Tom Brady was ineffective after one of his favorite receivers, Aaron Hernandez, left with a high ankle sprain, and the Patriots’ defense failed to force Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb into the mistakes that he so often makes.

Kolb wasn’t great for Arizona, but he was good enough, completing 15 of 27 passes for 140 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

Arizona’s defense deserves a great deal of credit for the way it shut down the normally outstanding Patriots offense: Brady was out of sorts all day, and the Patriots couldn’t do much on the ground, either.

No one expected to be saying this today, but the Arizona Cardinals are 2-0.

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60 Responses to “Cardinals almost fumble away an upset, but win in New England”
  1. chadmiddleton says: Sep 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    I may have been the only one in America to pick this but my Cardinals are lots better than you think!

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    I think everyone knew NE was not worthy of #1 spot on the PFT Rankings…hopefully come Tuesday, you guys do the right thing and put the Redskins at that spot.

  3. trbowman says: Sep 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    Ryan Williams is pretty brutal.

  4. lostsok says: Sep 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    Great job by the refs. The old refs would have let the Patsies get away with cheating.

  5. synysterjman says: Sep 16, 2012 4:27 PM

    I feel bad for gostkowski. He’s a great kicker for this team. This loss is not his fault. Pretty ugly game for new England.

  6. kreedos says: Sep 16, 2012 4:28 PM

    WOW!!!! Very impressed… Go Cards you deserve the win your D knocked the Pats all around… got lucky with the missed kick but wow, just wow at this win. proud of the team 100%!

  7. fran021 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    Pats had a touchdown called back on a phantom holding call on Gronkowski.

  8. blacknole08 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    Too bad the Woodhead run that would have been the game-winner was called back by a phantom holding call on Gronk.

    But alas the Cards are 2-0 and they got some justice from Williams fumble with Gostkowski missed the FG wide left. They gave Brady his first loss EVER in a home opener. That speaks volumes how much of an upset this is.

  9. williamxl22 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    Kevin Kolb still looks awful. Missed wide open receivers on many different occasions. Cardinals defense and special teams made the difference. Props to the the Cardinals for the ugly win.

  10. jtchernak says: Sep 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    I’m not worried I feel like our d played their ass off but the offense let the team down stupid playcall no execution now to the ravens

  11. blacknole08 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    Also the Card have now won 9 of their last 11 games., with victories coming over the Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers and now the Patriots. Talk about a darkhorse!

  12. trbowman says: Sep 16, 2012 4:31 PM

    Good way to land yourself in a coach’s doghouse. Two fumbles in two games. Not looking spry either

  13. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    Kolb > Brady

  14. bigsuede says: Sep 16, 2012 4:34 PM

    Just as I thought- and said when the skewed power rankings came out- the patriots are slightly above average- probably 4th seed in AFC.

    Only espn homers could think the Pats were the number 1 team in the NFL- east coast bias jokes.

  15. hyzers says: Sep 16, 2012 4:34 PM

    NFC>AFC

  16. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 16, 2012 4:36 PM

    Brady’s left shoulder separation from last year’s season 16th week still impairs his performance.

  17. pavelfitzgerald says: Sep 16, 2012 4:38 PM

    Trbowman – Your idea that Richard Bartell was the best Cardinals QB is brutal

  18. nyyjetsknicks says: Sep 16, 2012 4:39 PM

    That killed a ton of survivor pools.

  19. tbd3 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:39 PM

    Gostkowski made four field goals today. Two were over fifty years and one of those tied his career long. The defense looked great, forcing two fumbles and stepping up at the right time. They came up big on third down and one of the two touchdowns given up came after a blocked punt that gave the Cardinals the ball on the two yard line. The blame rests on the offense. I don’t think it’s out of the question to think that Hernandez’ injury put them in a bit of a funk for awhile, but there’s no excuse for going that long without a touchdown.

  20. tbd3 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    Yards, not years. Too upset to type apparently.

  21. nolasoxfan2012 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    That was one of the worst officiated games I’ve ever seen. There were several personal fouls/late hits that weren’t close, catches/non-catches that they couldn’t agree on, and phantom holding calls that took away huge plays. Ugly. The NFL needs to get the real refs back ASAP.

  22. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 16, 2012 4:40 PM

    So when do we get another ready-made excuse story about a phantom Brady injury? What’ll it be this time…….lacerated femoral artery? Broken femur?

  23. ravenator says: Sep 16, 2012 4:42 PM

    please hire the real refs, these officials are a joke

  24. flash1283 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:44 PM

    bigsuede says:
    Sep 16, 2012 4:34 PM
    Just as I thought- and said when the skewed power rankings came out- the patriots are slightly above average- probably 4th seed in AFC.

    Only espn homers could think the Pats were the number 1 team in the NFL- east coast bias jokes.

     
    ——

    And just as EVERYONE said before,you’re
    a moron!!

    And like I shows you before they were #1 in all
    Can we stop with the BOO HOO east coast bias crap!

  25. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 16, 2012 4:45 PM

    @jtchernak says:

    I’m not worried I feel like our d played their ass off but the offense let the team down stupid playcall no execution now to the ravens

    =======================

    Why should you be worried – just because you just lost a hideous looking game at home to Kevin Kolb?

  26. tmb333 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:47 PM

    Bad hold call…..when you grab the jersey and turn the player around, that is a hold. NE gets their share of the breaks.

  27. ynot1381 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    You can’t blame the outcome of one game on a missed call or a missed kick.

    Was that a horrible call? Yes. Should he have made that kick? Yes.

    But New England looked out of sync on offense all game, despite their defense taking Fitzgerald out of their offensive gameplan. Arizona did a good job at pressuring Brady all game.

  28. flipadelphia77777 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:49 PM

    Go kolb!!!!!

  29. sportsinhd says: Sep 16, 2012 4:53 PM

    I wonder how Rodney Harrison will justify this loss later on the NBC studio show. Harrison seems to think that the Patriots and Coach Hoodie invented football.

  30. ynot1381 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:55 PM

    One thing I do enjoy, is reading all the anti-Patriot comments. It amazes me that some people go out of their way to troll New England if they are given the opportunity to. You can’t hate teams that aren’t great.

    As much as I hate the Steelers or Jets (both quality franchises), I don’t generally read their articles, let alone troll their comment section.

    Hate can consume fans.

  31. edavidberg says: Sep 16, 2012 4:57 PM

    Gronkowski is the goat. He clearly held unnecessarily (and he had the guy by the pad as he tried to spin away so it was not a bad call) then he false starts which makes Belichick take and knee rather than move a little closer for the game winner. Big difference between 25 yard field goal and 40 yarder.

    That said, the team as a whole deserved to lose so it is not one guy’s fault.

  32. cardinalsfan87 says: Sep 16, 2012 4:59 PM

    Cardinals D, special teams, and Kevin Kolb won that game! Great game cardinals!!!

  33. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 16, 2012 5:00 PM

    Guess this ruins Pete Prisco’s 16-0 proclamation out the window

  34. krose91 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:02 PM

    new england played 5 teams that were above .500 last season. they lost four and were lucky that lee evans couldn’t hold onto the ball for the ravens. these patriots are a joke.

  35. krose91 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:07 PM

    i mean 4 teams (steelers, giants, ravens, giants)

    the other loss was against the bills :P

  36. sschmiggles says: Sep 16, 2012 5:11 PM

    The Pats D definitely wasn’t the problem in that game. Kolb made plenty of mistakes.

  37. flash1283 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:18 PM

    krose91 says:
    Sep 16, 2012 5:02 PM
    new england played 5 teams that were above .500 last season. they lost four and were lucky that lee evans couldn’t hold onto the ball for the ravens. these patriots are a joke.

     0 1 

    And the year before NW beat 6 of the 8 playoff teams and lost in the first round.

    So your logic argument is flawed!!

    And Lee Evans didn’t “hold on to the ball”
    Because the DB made a play and batted it out.

    You are just like every other crybaby hater after about 8 or 8 games into the season you will be nowhere to be found.

  38. flash1283 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:21 PM

    That’s 6 of 8 playoff teams

  39. scalfor3 says: Sep 16, 2012 5:23 PM

    terrible call on the woodhead td. but the reason the pats lost is because calais campbell and darnell dockett were dominant up front. campbell reminds me of richard seymour

  40. tedmurph says: Sep 16, 2012 5:23 PM

    Congrats to the Cards, they deserved to win. Pats almost got lucky with that fumble. Can’t really blame Gostkowski, 4/5 FG, two from 50, should never have come down to that at home, against a team like that. As for you krose91, as well as the rest of the haters, we’ll see at the end of the year. I suspect you’ll crawl back into your hole and disappear when the Pats are in the playoffs, making another SB run. By the way Evans didn’t drop it he was stripped on a nice play by Moore. Only someone like Flacco would depend on a guy that had 4 rec. in the reg season to win a game for him. That’d be like Brady depending on Ochocinco, he’d never even throw it to him.

  41. broncosnative says: Sep 16, 2012 5:24 PM

    Funny fact, the cardinals are 2-0 and the saints are 0-2! Who seen this coming

  42. grogansheroes says: Sep 16, 2012 5:26 PM

    Arizona played better and deserved the win. The play calling by the Pats was out and out timid. The complete opposite of everything Bill believes in. They should never run Woodhead unless they have the lead. Also, why not try to score at the end of the game. I hate playing for field goals. Too much can go wrong.

  43. rushmatic says: Sep 16, 2012 5:30 PM

    This was a terribly-officiated game and my hats off to the Cardinal defense. They made a believer out of this Pats fan. Have to say, though, the Gronkowski holding call will haunt me for a while.

  44. ampats says: Sep 16, 2012 5:44 PM

    Any Given Sunday. Its the NFL . Congrats to the Cardinals. Their defense is something to be reckoned with.

    Agree with poor officiating but the Pats lost the game. 98% of time Ghost makes the kick.

    Being one of the youngest teams in the league I will take a September wake up call and reminder that nothing has been won and it is a horse race not a track meet in the NFL.

  45. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 16, 2012 5:58 PM

    It’s only poor officiating when you lose.

    Somewhere Billy Cundiff is smiling.

  46. nfltruths says: Sep 16, 2012 6:09 PM

    Biggest worry for the cardinals, other than the QB situation, is hopefully Ray Horton doesn’t get offered a head coaching gig next year. What he has done with the Cards D in just 18 games has been stunning. They were never great statistically before last season and even the first 6-7 games last year was tough watch while they were learning the system on the fly with the lockout and all as it is a very complicated system to learn. Since then they have been very tough on offenses and do not seem to be looking back now.

    Good job locking up Campbell and Washington this year to long term deals. Peterson will probably get a long term offer next year. Huge change in management style for them after the mass exodus they allowed watching Dansby, Antrel Rolle and Antonio Smith leave when warner retired which set them back two years. I think they are better now.

    Last time they were in New England they lost by more than 50 points and that was with the old team that went to the playoffs two years in a row. Gonna be a great season in the NFC West with the cards and 49ers playing nasty D like this.

    Than Monday night football game in AZ at about the half-way point this season is looking more important each week.

  47. tigerlilac says: Sep 16, 2012 7:51 PM

    Arizona is a very good football team, especially on defense and special teams. They deserved to win despite downfield holding on what would have been Woodhead’s winning toughdown that play-by-play man John Lynch noted was a bad call.

    The Patriots’ bad game had them kicking a 43 yard field goal for the win with a minute to go. They fought back from 11 down with 6 minutes to go, forcing a fumble to give them a chance to win. They also shut down the other team’s offensive superstar (Larry Fitzgerald) for the second week in a row. No fan likes to see their team lose but there was a lot to appreciate in this game for an educated Patriots’ fan.

  48. whythecardinals says: Sep 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    every dog has it’s day… but, today wasa day for fans to remember, these guys are Professional Football players.. “they play to win the game”… well done, Cardinals! Well Done!

  49. rollthefatchicksinflour says: Sep 16, 2012 10:50 PM

    I never thought I would say this, but the Patriots were outcoached today. The Cards didn’t have to worry about the best player on New England, the offensive play calling did that for them through three quarters.

    Not going for it on 4th & 4 from midfield with less than a minute left in the half? Running plays on 3rd and 10? This offensive game plan was built like they had a rookie quarterback, not a hall of famer in his prime.

    The Patriots did not play to win, they played not to lose. There is a big difference. Congrats to the Cards….

    The defensive plan seemed solid. O

  50. shawnc16 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:18 AM

    I wanted the patriots to win, but I don’t understand all the posters here saying it was a phantom holding call on the potential td. It was clearly holding and it wasn’t even away from the ball. Even Gronk said he held the guy, and he shouldn’t have but I guess you guys know better than him.

  51. bsizemore68 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:24 AM

    I don’t think the cheats are #1, last time I check they were tied with the Fish, Bills and Jets. Bill

  52. patsfiend says: Sep 17, 2012 1:39 AM

    Cards made some plays. Especially on defense. Got to give ‘em credit. Hard hitting affair on both sides and they executed the “Giants” plan well. Better to lose these NFC games. Must beat Baltimore,

  53. der6495 says: Sep 17, 2012 2:59 AM

    Every year the Pariots have this kind of game, they go in against a mediocre opponent and just lay an egg.

    Last year the Bills got them, 2010 the Browns surprised them, now this.

  54. patriotenvy says: Sep 17, 2012 9:05 AM

    I do blame Gostkowski. I don’t care about stats, he is not aclutch kicker. I knew he was going to miss when he went out onto the field. You could tell by his body language he didn’t want to be doing it. He has missed some short kicks in the past that have come back and cost the pats games.

  55. dwoofer says: Sep 17, 2012 10:41 AM

    If you watch the field goal (miss) replay, you will see that 3 things happened. The hike came in just a little off; the holder got the ball crooked and couldn’t get it straight up and down and so placed the ball tilted some toward the left; the kicker tried to square his foot on the crooked place, and hit his foot on the ground before the foot contacted the ball. You can see a big “divot” as he is kicking.

  56. crisper57 says: Sep 17, 2012 12:48 PM

    Gronk held. Get over it. Even the Pats homer Rodney Harrison says it was a hold. There was no phantom call.

  57. CKL says: Sep 17, 2012 1:00 PM

    I just wanted to congratulate the Cards and their fans on the win. Your D looks FANTASTIC and that was an awesome play your ST made on the blocked punt. Campbell was on record as saying their rush on the other FGs might have gotten in Ghost’s head and made him rush the last FG. Very smart strategy by AZ. Sometimes that stuff doesn’t pay off…until you really need it. Anyway, congrats again to the Cards.

  58. rushmatic says: Sep 17, 2012 4:24 PM

    Oops, I left out the poorly officiated game “on both sides” part of my comment.

  59. rushmatic says: Sep 17, 2012 4:25 PM

    patriotenvy says:

    I do blame Gostkowski. I don’t care about stats, he is not aclutch kicker. I knew he was going to miss when he went out onto the field. You could tell by his body language he didn’t want to be doing it. He has missed some short kicks in the past that have come back and cost the pats games.

    ______________________

    That’s ridiculous. You “could tell” he didn’t want to do it? What the hell is wrong with people? Gostkowski is the man. He missed. It happens.

  60. samgreen6 says: Sep 18, 2012 4:17 AM

    Cards D looked fierce! They deserved that win. Outplayed the pats all game. Ya kolb didn’t do phenomenal, but he did better than he’s ever done. Anyone ever consider the fact that ghost pulled left to avoid campbell’s hand? He’s blocked tons of field goals. And PP was coming on the right. Cardinals didn’t get lucky, the patriots almost did.

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