Arizona Cardinals Upset New England Patriots in Home Opener
By: Cian Fahey | Published Sunday, September 16, 2012, 5:32 PM | Updated Sunday, September 16, 2012, 5:32 PM
Stephen Gostkowski missed a last minute field goal for the New England Patriots, as the Arizona Cardinals escaped Foxboro with a 20-18 victory. The Patriots move to 1-1, tied with the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins in the AFC East, while the Cardinals jump to 2-0.
Despite missing his final attempt of the game, Gostkowski mostly carried the Patriots' offense during the game with four successful field goals. Tom Brady was stifled by the Cardinals' defense who were led by big performances from Daryl Washington, Patrick Peterson and Calais Campbell. Brady finished the game with 316 yards, but had only one touchdown and one interception.
That touchdown came in the fourth quarter when the quarterback led a drive that ultimately saw Rob Gronkowksi catch a touchdown pass in the endzone. Gronkowski couldn't catch the two point conversion to tie the game at 20.
A blocked Zoltan Mesko punt from the Patriots endzone gave Kevin Kolb a short field that led to an Andre Roberts' touchdown reception in the third quarter. Kolb followed that up with a five yard touchdown run to give his team an ultimately insurmountable lead.
The Patriots will undoubtedly be frustrated, but face a tough test next week against the Baltimore Ravens. They have no time to lick their wounds on a lost perfect season.