The New England Patriots, who were many pundits’ favorites to not only win this game, but to win convincingly, were out-played a majority of the game by the Arizona Cardinals.
A late fourth-quarter fumble by Cardinals’ running back Ryan Williams gave the ball back to quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.
A case could be made the biggest turning point was the holding call on the Patriots last drive on tight end Rob Gronkowski. Running back Danny Woodhead scored the game-winner on a 30-yard run, but the penalty on the play nullified the touchdown.
Still, the Patriots had a chance to win with the normally reliable Gostkowski lining up for a 42-yard kick. Down by two, 20-18, Gostkowski who had already made four field goals in the game, simply pushed the football to the left and the Patriots lost to the now 2-0 Cardinals.